HC warns of CBI inquiry

Peeved over the “petty politics” involved in appointment of market committees,the high court directed the Chandigarh Administration to remove encroachments from the grain market.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 13, 2013 2:22 am

Complete messs. This is the condition of Sector 26 grain market,opined a division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday. Peeved over the “petty politics” involved in appointment of market committees,the high court directed the Chandigarh Administration to remove encroachments from the grain market.

The bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari also directed the Chandigarh Administrator to convene a meeting to decide the “long pending issue” of having an additional grain market in the city.

The directions were passed during the hearing of a petition concerning menace of encroachment and congested parking space in the grain market. Senior standing counsel for UT Administration,Sanjay Kaushal,conceded that the grain market is indeed “in a very bad shape”.

The Bench also took strong exception to handcart licences being given to those operating from the grain market in Sector 26. Dubbing them nothing but “licences for encroachment”,the court took the Chandigarh Administration to task.

Opining to “expand the scope” of the case,the Bench remarked that a “CBI probe will be required” to find out the “nexus” between market committee officials and encroachers. Questioning why “centre of power lies in Sector 26 grain market”,the Bench also referred to the congested parking space in the market. “Parking space has been taken over by the mafia”,the Bench orally observed.

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