Punjab and Haryana HC get rid of PIL on Mohali Bus Station

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana recently ruled on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the Punjab government failed to construct a new bus terminal at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ISBT, Mohali despite having spent Rs 500 crore.

The PIL was filed by a certain Ram Kumar. Deputy Solicitor General Avineet Avasthi, the lawyer representing the State of Punjab, on the instructions of Sukhwinder Kumar, Secretary of the Regional Transport Authority, SAS Nagar (Mohali), argued that the bus station has already been made functional.

Munish Bhardwaj, attorney for the petitioner, vehemently objected to the said statement.

However, as the said statement was made at the request of an officer of the authorities, the bench of the division of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli recorded it, finding it to be true and disposed of the motion in ordering the respondents – the authorities to act on the statement and ensure that no incorrect statement is made in this Court regarding the functionality of the bus station.

It is, moreover, observed by the Court that, in the event that the applicant has other outstanding complaints concerning the said bus station, he can address the authorities in this regard.

The Deputy Advocate General argued that if the petitioner does so, the authorities should immediately consider the matter raised by the petitioner and make a decision on it quickly and in accordance with the law.

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