The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to present the roster of power supply in the state along with an affidavit upto September 20.
The order was passed by the bench of acting chief justice Amitava Lala and justice Anil Kumar on a PIL filed by the Hindu Personal Law Board challenging 24 hour power supply in six districts, including Rae Bareilly, Amethi and Etawah.
On behalf of the petitioner, counsel Ashok Pandey submitted that uninterrupted power supply in Rae Bareli, Amethi, Etawah, Rampur and Kannauj was against the right of equality provided in the Constitution as rostering was being done in other districts of the state.
Instead of this the petitioner sought direction for 24 hour power supply to all religious places in the state.
Appearing on behalf of the UP Power Corporation (UPPCL) senior counsel SK Kalia while questioning the validity of the Hindu Personal Law Board said that no details of the organisation was given by the petitioner hence the petition was liable to be dismissed.
On behalf of the state government additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal also opposed the petition.
Earlier, on behalf of the state government the roster of power supply was submitted in the court on which the bench orally observed that it was disturbing.
In the roster it was said that in the wake of visits by VVIPs availability of 24 hour power supply in these districts had to be made.
The court fixed September 24 as the next date for the hearing.