The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the president of the District Bar Association,Chandigarh Advocate N K Nanda,to appear in order to assist the Court with regard to a PIL alleging electricity theft by lawyers of the District Bar Association,Chandigarh. The directions were issued on a PIL filed by Advocate Arvind Thakur.
The High Court had issued notices to the District and Sessions Judge,Chandigarh,and District Bar Association,Chandigarh,on the PIL,asking them to respond to allegations of electricity theft by way of putting up kundi connections and non-payment of electricity bills and chamber licences by advocates.
The Court had also issued notices to the executive engineer (electricity operations) and assistant controller (finance & accounts) rents,UT Administration,asking them to explain why the arrears have not been recovered from the defaulting advocates.
Pressing for recovery of the licence fee and arrears of electricity bills of the lawyers chambers,the petitioner had sought directions to hold an inquiry against the employees of the Engineering Department who are responsible for not recovering the arrears for such a long time and have failed to discharge their duties.
The petitioner had annexed an official communication from the assistant controller (F&A) rents wherein the Department had written to the Sessions Judge,Chandigarh,for recovery of outstanding dues amounting to Rs 31.27 lakh recoverable from advocates occupying lawyers chambers in the District Court,Chandigarh.
The communication had a list of 35 lawyers who had not deposited the fees.
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