A division bench of Gujarat High Court (HC) comprising of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala have issued notices to Gujarat Congress president, Arjun Modhwadia, and others in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) that has alleged that Modhwadia has encroached upon a public road in Porbandar city.
The PIL has been moved by a resident of Porbandar, Prakash Unadkat. According to the petitioner’s lawyer – Pranav Dave, “Modhwadia and his brother, Ramdevbhai, have encroached upon a public road in Porbandar outside their residence by constructing a structure for their personal security personnel. The Chief Officer of Porbandar Nagarpalika had, in November 2013, given them notice to remove the encroachment. However, till date, the authorities have failed to remove the encroachment. And so, we have moved the PIL.”
Apart from Modhwadia and his brother, Porbandar Nagarpalika’s Chief Officer, Porbandar Collector, Porbandar District Superintendent of Police, Director of Municipalities and Secretary of Revenue Department have been issued notices by the court last week.
The matter is posted for further hearing on February 6.
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