Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Court respite for Zirakpur residents facing demolition

Chandigarh: Just about a fortnight after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took a serious view of discontinuation and non-resumption of Air India’s flight to Bangkok, the Bench today expressed dissatisfaction with its reply before asking its Executive Director (Operations) to be present for rendering assistance.

The Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli also gave respite to the residents issued notice by the Zirakpur Municipal Council for demolition of buildings allegedly erected in the restricted zone near the Chandigarh Air Force Station. The Bench also made it clear that demolition was never ordered by it, while adding that action was directed to be taken only against illegal structures in accordance with law.
Taking up the petition filed in public interest for making the international airport fully functional, the Bench asked Air India counsel: “Why Chandigarh alone? Why don’t you shut down your operations in the entire country? Your Executive Director does not understand the importance of the Chandigarh airport. Despite categorical directions, he has not filed an affidavit as per the orders,” the Bench asserted
Responding to a request by the Air India counsel against summoning the Executive Director, the Bench asserted the intent was to have his assistance. It could not be construed as punishment or contempt. The Bench, at the same time, verbally added that it would not hesitate in issuing bailable warrants to ensure his presence in case he failed to turn up on November 1 when the case would come up for resumed hearing.
16/10/18 Tribune
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