PM's visit: Petition filed in HC for fixing responsibility

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 23:25 IST

A petition was filed on Thursday in the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directions to fix the responsibility of mismanagement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city in which citizens were put to inconvenience for hours on September 11.

The petition has been filed by former defence personnel Lt Gen RS Sujlana (retd) and others stating that it was unfortunate that residents faced inconvenience during the PM's visit due to administration's apathy. The petitioners have sought directions for fixing the responsibility and measures for future so citizens are not put to inconvenience in future. The public money should be spent prudently and not on political events and necessary directions should be issued for managing such events future, the petitioners' lawyer, Sudhir Mittal, told Hindustan Times.

The petition was filed on Thursday but due to some objections by the registry of high court, it would now be filed again and is likely to come up for hearing next week.

During the PM's visit, the administration ordered closure of schools and the Sector 25 crematorium near the venue of PM's rally also remained out of bounds for the residents. The police had put Congress leaders under preventive detention and traffic on various roads was restricted for hours causing traffic chaos and hardships to residents.

The PM was in city for inauguration of new terminal at city airport and also attended a convocation ceremony at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). A rally was also held at the Sector-25 ground. Soon, after the PM left, he regretted for inconvenience and ordered probe into episode.

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