HC gives Punjab 3 months to look into clearances of marriage palaces

In a temporary relief for those marriage palaces,which have been sealed by the Punjab government for not having requisite clearances,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday granted the state government three months to de-seal the marriage palaces and give the venues sufficient time to obtain necessary clearances.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 18, 2012 6:43 am

In a temporary relief for those marriage palaces,which have been sealed by the Punjab government for not having requisite clearances,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday granted the state government three months to de-seal the marriage palaces and give the venues sufficient time to obtain necessary clearances.

Directing the government to adopt uniformity in considering claims of all marriage palaces across the state,the high court said that strict action will taken against the concerned officers who fail to take action against marriage palaces that are running without clearances.

While saying that a certificate will be taken from the concerned officer who gives a go-ahead to a marriage palace,the court observed that the claims of the officer will be verified from senior functionaries and if found that a marriage palace has been allowed to run without necessary certificates,action will be taken against him.

“Norms should be complied with (by marriage palace owners),” a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain told the Punjab law officer.

Appearing on behalf of the state government,Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Patiala Development Authority (PDA),Advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla submitted that of the 101 marriage palaces examined till now,none have the requisite clearances. Khosla sought three months from the court to examine the claims of marriage palaces across the state and give these sufficient time to obtain necessary certificates and go-ahead from departments.

The Punjab government,a month ago,had sealed 15 marriage palaces falling in the jurisdiction of GMADA and PDA.

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