Why should contempt action not be initiated, HC asks Chief Secy - ECAS Punjab

Why should contempt action not be initiated, HC asks Chief Secy

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has called upon Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against her for making wrong submission before the court in the form of affidavit.

The Bench said the facts clearly indicated an attempt on the Chief Secretary's part to mislead the court, while asking her to offer an explanation within a week. The case pertains to imposition of preferential location charges.

The direction by the Bench of Justice SN Satyanarayana and Justice Archana Puri came on pleas filed by Daulat Ram Bhatti and other petitioners against the State of Punjab and other respondents.

As the case came up for resumed hearing through videoconferencing, the Bench observed the point for consideration in the writ petitions was the competence of the state in imposing preferential location charge on persons acquiring title to the plots from original allottees/land losers.

The Bench observed the petitioners were seeking parity with persons similarly placed in ECO City-I. They brought to the court's notice certain developments at the Punjab Chief Minister's level in proceedings held on March 20 and July 16.

The Bench observed that the contents therein were contrary to the contents of the affidavit filed by Mahajan, clearly indicating an attempt to mislead the court.

"In the affidavit, she should also explain as to why the present set of purchasers or their status is treated different from that of the those similarly placed with reference to ECO City-I, which is not specifically explained by the Chief Secretary in her affidavit despite there being an order in that regard," the Bench asserted. The case will now come up for hearing in the second week of October.

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