The local police have booked a woman for not providing details of guests staying in her Sector 8-based paying guest accommodation.
The accused has been identified as Chander Kanta. Inspector Harjit Kaur, station house officer (SHO) at the Sector 3 police station, said Kanta had been booked on charges related to disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused was arrested and later released on bail.
On June 8, the UT district magistrate had directed the owners of paying guest accommodations to inform their respective SHOs in writing regarding the antecedents of paying guests staying in their accommodations within one month from the issue of the orders.
As per the orders, those failing to comply with instructions are liable to be prosecuted for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant under Section 188 of the IPC.
The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC by Mohammed Shayin stated: "A number of persons are living in Chandigarh as paying guest and not strictly as tenants. These persons include students pursuing various courses, patients undergoing treatment and citizens pursuing various vocations. As they are not tenants, they are not expected to be registered with the police. This in turn, may allow anti-social elements to reside in Chandigarh under the formal arrangement namely "paying guest".
This arrangement involves charging for food and accommodation both. The order further reads, as the arrangement does not strictly fall in the category of tenancy or even the premises not in the category of guest house or hotel, at present, this category of residents are not been accounted for and, therefore, there is a likelihood that, this arrangement is abused by anti-social elements who can hide themselves in the city and can cause breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquility.
In addition, there are also reports that immoral activities are being indulged in by some of the paying guests which cause nuisance to neighbourers and other concerned.