THE LUCKNOW bench of the Allahabad High Court today quashed 48 writ petitions of PWD engineers and contractors seeking dismissal of FIRs lodged against them. The FIRs had been filed for constructing substandard roads in Rae Bareli.
Justice Bhanwar Singh and Justice JM Paliwal dismissed the petitions and observed that police probe into the alleged nexus between the engineers and contractors was a must.
Earlier, it was contended by Advocate General SMA Kazmi that following repeated complaints about bad quality of roads PWD Rae Bareli had appointed a probe panel to identify the erring officials and contractors. Following adverse report the FIRs were lodged. The bench, however, appreciated the effort done on behalf of the State Government to find identify those responsible for constructing poor roads.
PIL against SEC
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) questioning the authority of State Election Commissioner Aparimita Prasad to hold his post came up for hearing before a division bench of the high court today.
Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice DV Sharma called upon the counsel of the state and the Election Commission to seek instructions.
The PIL was filed by one Balram Singh Yadav who had contested the election of corporator from Ward 36, Binghawan, Kanpur. He alleged that the State Government had already appointed Prasad director, Sahu Ji Maharaj Sansthan and he had no right to hold the SEC’s post.
A writ petition filed by a contestant for the nagar palika parishad chairman, Kamalganj Gonda seeking appointment of special observer during counting of votes was finally disposed of by the HC.
The petitioner had argued that gross irregularities had been committed at the behest of a ruling party minister in favour of the Samajwadi Party candidate and it would be repeated during counting.