HC disposes of PIL over MC’s invite to Dera to clean cityhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/hc-disposes-of-pil-over-mcs-invite-to-dera-to-clean-city/

HC disposes of PIL over MC’s invite to Dera to clean city

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) opposing the invitation sent by Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to Dera Sacha Sauda followers to “clean the city”.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) opposing the invitation sent by Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to Dera Sacha Sauda followers to “clean the city”.

The PIL was disposed of after the counsel for Chandigarh administration informed the court that the proposal had not yet been finalised. Accepting the stand,the high court directed the administration to address the grievances of the petitioner if it decides to invite Dera Sacha Sauda followers.

The direction was passed during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHRI) through Advocate Navkiran Singh.

The high court,on the last day of hearing,had questioned the rationale behind “inviting” followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to “clean the city”. The Bench observed that the administration should allow NGOs and other social groups to approach on their own for such purposes.

The petitioner had moved the high court challenging the invitation sent by the Municipal Corporation to Rahim,asking them to come and clean the city. Arguing on behalf of the petitioner,Navkiran had alleged that certain members of Dera Sacha Sauda were facing trial in criminal cases,including murder.

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