The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Punjab chief secretary on a petition filed by Jagdish Masih, president of the National Christian League and a resident of Nayagaon (SAS Nagar), seeking the allotment of land for graveyards in various towns and villages of Punjab.
Masih had moved the petition seeking action against chief secretary Rakesh Singh for failing to comply with the high court order issued in March 2012, giving directions to frame a policy on allotting land for graveyards, wherever required, to the Christian community. As per the HC order, the policy decision was to be taken within four months.
Masih moved the high court accusing the chief secretary of "intentionally and wilfully disobeying" the court order. The chief secretary is expected to file a reply on March 24, 2014.
Masih had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in 2010 before the high court, praying for space for graveyards for the Christian community in Punjab. The court had in March 2011 asked the petitioner to file a representation before various deputy commissioners who were to take an appropriate decision.
Having failed to get any relief, Masih had again approached the high court; by its order dated March 13, 2012, the court had asked the chief secretary to take an appropriate decision regarding the allotment of land for graveyards.