THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration on a petition challenging the location of a liquor vend near the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, and observed that liquor shops should not be allowed to function near places like schools. The division bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal sought a response from the administration as to how the liquor vend has been allowed to function near the educational institute. A local resident has moved the High Court, saying the vend has been operating in an arbitrary manner and in violation of the law.
Darshan Singh – resident of a village on the city fringes – told the Court that the authorities have failed to shut down a liquor vend that has come up near the school where his daughter studies.
“In the present case, the liquor vend in the starting of the excise year, viz April 2017, was opened at a showroom in the market situated at milk colony, Dhanas, in accordance with the excise policy. Thereafter, in an illegal manner, the same was shifted to a location outside the place without permission, at the light point,” advocate Ranjit Singh Kalra, Darshan’s counsel, told the High Court.
The High Court was also informed that the liquor vend has been operating from a piece of agricultural land which is in direct contravention of the zoning plan chalked out by the Chandigarh Administration. The petitioner has also sought action against officials, who have failed to remove the liquor vend.