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High Court: Look into violation of norms at political meets

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the state government to consider issues raised in two petitions filed in public interest on holding of political meetings and congregations in contravention of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines and use of beacon lights on private vehicles by elected representatives. The orders came with a rider that the petitioner would first approach the respondent-authorities with a copy of the order and the petition.

The directions by the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli came on the petitions filed by Simranjeet Singh against the state government and other respondents. In one of the petitions, he alleged violation of the MHA guidelines and government orders issued under the Disaster Management Act regarding preventive and precautionary measures required to be taken during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was alleged that political meetings and congregations were taking place in contravention of the MHA guidelines. In spite of the complaints, action was not taken by the respondent-authorities.

In the other petition, he alleged misuse of powers by the elected representatives by modifying private vehicles fitted with red-blue beacon and siren, besides other violations of the Motor Vehicles Act and a Supreme Court judgment. The state counsel, in both cases, submitted that the petitioner's representation would be looked into and decided by the respondent-authorities and action would be taken in accordance with the law.



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