The Panchkula administration on Tuesday informed a local court that action is being taken for removal of stray cattle,but as per law,statutory time and proper opportunity is to be given to defaulters,which delays complete eradication.
In a joint reply filed by Deputy Commissioner,Additional Deputy Commissioner,and Municipal Council Panchkula before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Gurvinder Kaur,pleaded that action is being taken for getting rid of stray cattle nuisance.
The reply was filed on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed Pankaj Chandgothia and his wife Sangeeta Chandgothia on getting rid of stray cattle menace in Panchkula. The authorities informed the court that 487 stray cattle were captured between November 2 last year and January 21 and only nine have been released after a fine was paid.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police,Panchkula,Maneesh Chaudhry filed his separate reply stating therein that he is doing his duty in accordance with law.
He further said that it is the prime responsibility of the Municipal Corporation to catch stray cattle and to take them to a proper cattle shelter.
Chandgothia contended that the authorities must take strict and expeditious action to rid the city of stray cattle so that the pedestrians and commuters do not face any risk to life and property. The administration is turning a blind eye to the menace and woke from its slumber only after the court orders and even then its actions were incomplete and intermittent, he pleaded.
Acting upon a PIL the CJM on October 20,2011 had issued orders to the Deputy Commissioner,Panchkula; Municipal Council,Panchkula; ADC,Panchkula and DCP Panchkula to take all necessary measures and steps to ensure that menace of stray cattle is completely eradicated to ensure public safety.
However,when authorities failed to check the menace,Chandgothia filed a contempt petition alleging disobedience of the court orders.
Taking cognizance of the contempt petition,the CJM had asked all the concerned officials to file a detailed status report about the action taken to implement court orders. The case will come for hearing on February 13.