HC notices to mohali DC, SSP
Chandigarh March 27:
Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued contempt of court notice to the Mohali deputy commissioner (DC), senior superintendent of police (SSP) and executive officer (EO) of the Nayagaon Notified Area Committee for allegedly not complying with the orders of the court passed in March 2009 regarding removal of encroachments from all the main roads of Nayagaon.
Issuing contempt notice to DC Parveen Kumar, SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and EO Girish Verma for April 8, Justice Rajive Bhalla of HC has asked them why contempt of court proceeding should not be initiated against them. Notice has also been issued to SHO of Nayagaon police station, Ranjodh Singh.
Justice Bhalla has issued notice while hearing a contempt petition filed by Nayagaon resident, advocate Mohinder Kumar. In his petition, Mohinder had informed the court that all the major roads, especially Shiv Mandir road of Nayagaon of Mohali district have been encroached upon by around 300 shopkeepers causing huge inconvenience to the general public.
It was further contended that Nayagaon has a population of 70,000 to 1,00,000 and all these persons use Shiv Mandir road daily. The said road is a major link between Nayagaon area and Chandigarh and there is heavy traffic on the same during rush hours.
Mohinder Kumar also informed that he had filed a PIL in 2008 praying for directions to the respondents for removing the massive encroachments on all the major roads of Nayagaon. The PIL was disposed off on March 17, 2011, by the HC with directions to the DC, SSP and including other respondents to take necessary steps for removal of encroachments expeditiously.
He further pleaded in pursuance of the March 2009 directions, district administration adopted pick-and-choose policy and did not take action against the majority of encroachers due to which most of encroachments were left by the respondents for reasons best known to them. The petitioner prayed for initiating proceedings for wilful disobedience of March 2009 orders. The case would now come up for hearing on April 8.