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shifting of liquor vend under consideration

Chandigarh (Ramanjit Singh) – Chandigarh Administration (Department of Excise and Taxation) is considering the representation submitted by 504 MIG Flats Residents’ Welfare Association (Regd.) of Sector 61, Chandigarh, for shifting of liquor vend from the market of that Sector.

A Civil Writ Petition was filed by 504 MIG Flats Residents’ Welfare Association (Regd.), restraining the Chandigarh Administration (Excise and Taxation Department) from opening/again allotting the liquor vend at the present site in the Housing Board MIG Complex, Sector 61, Chandigarh, near the Bibi Bhani Gurdwara Sahib for the year 2020-21. The petitioner association though admitted that the site of the liquor vend was at a distance of more than 50 meters from the gate of Bibi Bhani Gurdwara Sahib, yet it was a source of nuisance for the citizens, particularly those who want to pay obeisance at the Gurdwara Sahib, and have to walk on the road, on which the liquor vend is situated. The site of drunkard persons passing remarks on ladies is a common scene near the liquor vend, which has become a public nuisance. It also hurts the religious sentiments of worshippers who visit the Gurdwara Sahib. The Counsel for the petitioner argued that Excise Policy of UT Chandigarh lays down that Department can refuse to open any liquor vend on ground of public order, public morality and public health. While, the Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Ajay Tewari and Justice Jasgurpreet Singh Puri issued notice of motion to UT Administration,Sh. Aijay Jagga, Counsel appearing on behalf of Chandigarh Administration, informed the Court that Chandigarh Administration is processing the representation submitted by the petitioner-Association and that decision will be taken very shortly. At this stage, the HC directed the Chandigarh Administration to take a decision immediately, and to intimate such decision to the petitioner-Association also. With these observations/directions, the Civil Writ Petition filed by the petitioner-Association has been disposed of.

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