The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed officials concerned to file a status report on the ‘illegal’ construction of hotels near the Golden Temple and also took notice of the fresh ‘illegal’ constructions of hotel in the area.
The court pronounced this decision in Thursday hearing in the contempt of court petition filed by human rights activist advocate Sarabjit Singh Verka in 2014. The next hearing is scheduled on May 22, said Verka while speaking to Hindustan Times.
Apart from status report, the court also sought clarification on the fresh ‘illegal’ construction of hotels near the shrine. The contempt petition was filed by the petitioners after officials concerned failed to implement directions of the court in civil writ petition filed by Verka in 2010 against the said constructions.
As per the directions, officials of the municipal corporation (MC) were directed not to sanction fresh building plan near the holy shrine. As the construction is going on, the petitioner filed a fresh plea on April 19 to Rahul Tiwari, chairman of special committee constituted by the high court to probe on the issue. In light of this plea, the court sought reply from this committee, said advocate Mohinder Kumar, who appeared on behalf of petitioner.
He also said that the court asked the officials of the Amritsar MC to submit status report and reply on or before the next hearing.
On Wednesday, Tiwari in response to fresh petition, asked the concerned officials to check if any illegal construction is going on. Verka also enclosed photos of 22 sites of alleged illegal constructions with the fresh plea.