Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday set aside the auction held to make allotment for liquor vends in Bathinda district and allowed two petitions in which the auction was challenged. The court also ordered to make auction for allotment of liquor vends again during this month.
The court imposed Rs 50,000 cost in each petition and said that the amount be paid to the petitioner (s) by the state with liberty to recover from the guilty officer/official on fixing responsibility. The order was passed by the Bench of Justice Justice Rajesh Bindal on Thursday.
It may be recalled that Harish Kumar Aggarwal had filed petition challenging the auction made by the Excise and Taxation Department of Bathinda. The petitioner’s counsel Harpreet Singh Brar said that the Excise department had called applications for the auction of liquor vends for 2016-17. The last date for submitting the application was March 22.
The Excise and Taxation Department had received 304 applications for participating in the auction. But later this number of applications touched the 826 mark. The petitioners had submitted application for various groups and in total 20 groups were made. The petitioner was declared successful on March 27 along with others and his number was in eleventh group.
Despite the fact that the petitioner had deposited the amount required as per the rules on the spot but his application was rejected.
The Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner did not approved the draw of lots held for the auction of liquor vends earlier on March 29 and called the applications again. The Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner asked to call fresh applications. This only six applications were submitted to the department of which six groups were made and the auction was done of March 31 and allotment of vends was made. Second petition was filed by Amarinder Singh and others seeking quashing of 2.22 clause of the Excise Policy.
Sarbat Khalsa: SAD (Amritsar) files petition in HC
Chandigarh: President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking issuance of directions to the respondents and Punjab government for granting permission to the petitioner to hold Sarbat Khalsa on November 10. He said in his petition that Sarbat Khalsa would be held at Nat Road, near Sue.
This piece of land is owned by Harpal Singh, son of Charanpal Singh of Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda where the Sarbat Khalsa will be held, the SAD (Amritsar) president said in his petition. He had further prayed in the petition that the condition regarding advance notice to the respondents may also be dispensed with.
Others who have been made party in the petition are Director General of Police, Punjab, Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, SSP Bathinda, SDM Talwandi Sabo and the SHO of Talwandi Sabo police station.
Counsels for the petitioner Ranjan Lakhanpal and Ashu Kaushik confirmed that a petition has been filed and hoped that it would come up for hearing soon.
The petitioner said that request was made in writing to the Deputy Commissioner Bathinda on October 24.
Apart from this letter, he also made representations to the authorities concerned in this regard later, said the president of SAD (Amritsar) in his petition.
Plea filed against amendment in Gurdwara Act
Chandigarh: Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Amritsar, has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking issuance of direction to the Union of India and others for quashing the amendment of Sections 49 and 92 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 2016. Others who have been made party in the petition are Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, State of Punjab, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). Quashing of the amendment to the Act has been sought saying that amendment has been made with retrospective effect that is from October 8, 2003. DP
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