Either DC is lying or state officials: Congress to HC

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Thursday placed reliance on the notification issued by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Fatehgarh Sahib to belie the claims of Punjab government regarding delimitation of wards for the forthcoming panchayat polls.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 12:08 pm

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Thursday placed reliance on the notification issued by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Fatehgarh Sahib to belie the claims of Punjab government regarding delimitation of wards for the forthcoming panchayat polls.

As a came regarding the delimitation of wards came up for resumed hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the state government reiterated that houses situated in gram sabha areas have no numbers. Referring to the notification issued by DC Fatehgarh Sahib,which clearly lists house numbers in each ward,senior lawyer Anupam Gupta,counsel for PPCC,asserted that the Akali government “cannot have it both ways”.

He contended that “either the DC is lying,for which he should be prosecuted,or action should be taken against the state authorities”.

Gupta added that as per his information the said DC was pulled up by the state authorities for “letting out the secret”. He also said that the DC was asked to withdraw the said notification which he (DC) refused to.

Gupta concluded his arguments after which the Punjab law officer presented his case. The law officer opposed the petition filed by the Congress on the ground that it (Congress) has “no locus standi”. The law officer averred that it is only the aggrieved parties,who had filed objections to the delimitation of wards,who are eligible to contest the exercise and not a political party.

On Wednesday,the High Court had orally asked the law officer to seek instructions,from the state authorities,as to whether it is inclined to invite fresh objections for the process of delimitation of wards. In response,the Punjab law officer said that the state will keep the issues raised in mind “in future”

The case will come up for resumed hearing on Friday. On the last date of hearing,the High Court had asked the State government not to issue final notification for the upcoming Panchayat elections till further orders.

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