Installation of the statue of late Ranvir Hooda, father of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which was scheduled to be unveiled on January 30 at a roundabout opposite the canal rest house in Rohtak, has been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Taking up a public interest litigation filed by a Rohtak resident Devender Sharma, seeking removal of the statue, the division bench headed by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri issued notice of motion to the Haryana government, Rohtak deputy commissioner and municipal corporation for April 2.
The petitioner informed the court that though the state government had formulated a policy on January 22, 2010, for removal/relocation of unauthorised construction raised by religious institutions at public places but at the same time the government was installing statues of its political figures at public places, which itself was a violation of its policy.
It was informed that the state government had come up with the policy after the Supreme Court directions in a case in 2006. The petitioner also submitted that as per the ground reality, the state government, after framing the policy, had removed very few constructions from public places.
The court was also informed that the removal of statue from the roundabout would also become a bone of contention if in the future a need arises of widening of road or for installation of a traffic light at the spot.