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Friday, 19 February 2021

HC: Ensure provision of law not violated around historical sites

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 18

Acting on a petition filed in public interest alleging construction within 100m of historical sites 'Harsh ka Tila' and 'Sheikh Chilli's tomb' in Kurukshetra district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Union of India and others respondents to take necessary steps for ensuring that the provisions of law were strictly followed.

In his petition placed before the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli, Pankaj Sharma through counsel Ram Bilas Gupta contended that the construction was being raised in violation of the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, at Bahri village in Thanesar tehsil.

Appearing before the Bench, Additional Solicitor-General Satya Pal Jain submitted on behalf of the Union of India and certain other respondents that the central authorities had already taken cognisance of the matter and were dealing with it. They had shot off a communiqueacute; for taking necessary steps to provide police assistance to the revenue authorities.

Haryana Additional Advocate-General Deepak Balyan also submitted that necessary steps would be taken to ensure that the provisions of law were complied with and illegal construction was not permitted in the prohibited area.

Disposing of the petition, the Bench added the respondent-authorities would be at liberty to proceed in accordance with law against the respondent allegedly raising construction. "It is, however, made clear that the respondent-authorities shall do so immediately and not permit any violation of law".

from The Tribune

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