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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Court issues notice to Chandigarh Administration

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9

A local court has issued a notice to the Chandigarh Administration seeking its reply on its move to make Cheshire Home a residence for mentally ill persons. A case has been filed by Veer Sandhu, a member of the Indian wheelchair cricket team and captain of the Punjab wheelchair cricket team through his counsel Avnidha Gupta. The court has asked the Administration to file reply by January 20.

Avnidha has demanded from the court that wheelchair cricketers should not be removed from Cheshire Home. She said Cheshire Home was wheelchair friendly place in the city. The Administration should not shift them from Cheshire Home until wheelchair friendly place was arranged for them, she added.

Around 17 wheelchair cricketers, including Sandhu, have been staying at Cheshire Home since 2015.

It is stated in the civil suit that that the UT Administration has shown apathetic, inhuman and insensitive behavior towards these occupants with this one sided decision.

Cheshire Home inmates have been asked to vacate the building without any prior notice or consultation at the time when the whole world is going through global health crises and facing pandemic.

Demonstrations were held by the NGO and members of the Wheel Chair Cricket Society against the Chandigarh Administration's move and Social Welfare Department to dispossess/relocate members from Cheshire Home to Malloya.

"The Administration has offered them two options either to stay in flats at Maloya by paying rent or in the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium. Maloya is inappropriate for state and national players. Also some areas of the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium, especially washrooms and dining areas, are inaccessible for physically challenged players," said Sandhu.

"Cheshire Home inmates have brought laurels to the country and Chandigarh with their performances in sport," said Avnidha.


Case filed by wheelchair cricketers

A case has been filed by Veer Sandhu, a member of the Indian wheelchair cricket team and captain of the Punjab wheelchair cricket team through his counsel Avnidha Gupta. The court has asked the Administration to file reply by January 20.



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