Punjab and Haryana high court summons UT top brass

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2015 11:45 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned the UT home secretary, the deputy commissioner and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) in two different cases on Friday.

The two issues are the court’s dissatisfaction over the action taken by the Chandigarh administration on banning hookahbars and the pace of development of the new grain market in Sector 39.

The cases were heard on Thursday, when the court ordered the presence of the top brass on Friday.

Banning hookah bars

During the hearing of a petition by an NGO, Burning Brain Society, the HC was told that in spite of the court asking the administration to notify a ban on sale of nicotine-laced tobacco products last year in July in hookah bars, the same was yet to be done.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Hemant Goswami, told the court that two new hookahbars had been opened in the city during this period.

He also claimed that the administration had been “selective” in taking action against violators and nicotine products samples taken from various establishments since 2012 had been sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh, but no report had been secured.

Following the submissions, the HC asked the home secretary, director health and city SSP to remain present in the court and apprise it of the action taken in this regard.

Sector-39 grain market

The HC was also dissatisfied over the pace of the construction of the upcoming grain market in Sector 39.

In December, the administration had told the court that a committee had been set up to monitor the development of the market. It had sought four weeks to take a final decision once project details, cost estimates were finalised.

However, during the hearing on Thursday, the HC observed that the delay in completion of project was due to connivance of UT officials and some traders in the Sector-26 market.

The HC seemed miffed over the fact that in spite court orders on several occasions, the UT had not been able to complete the project.

The HC observed that in spite of repeated assurances from the administration, there was no action on the ground and asked the secretary agricultural marketing board-cum-deputy commissioner, the chief engineer and the chief architect of the city administration, to remain present during hearing on Friday.

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