Court orders ex parte evidence as respondents fail to appear

A local court Tuesday ordered ex parte evidence in a case where the petitioner filed a suit before the court for the control of and ensuring a proper check on the the frequent supply of illegal liquor and drugs, particularly in the colonies in Chandigarh.

As the Home Secretary, Chandigarh, and Senior Superintendent of Police, who are the respondents in the case, did not appear before the court on the last hearing held on September 10 and on Tuesday too, the court ordered that, "on the request of the learned counsel of the plaintiff, the case is adjourned to March 14, 2014 for the ex parte evidence of the plaintiff".

Mandeep Kaur, an advocate and a resident of Mohali, on April 26, filed a petition before the court which reads, "the present pliant is filed in public interest to control and check the frequent supply of illegal liquor and drugs particularly in the colonies situated in Chandigarh, and further to submit its status report before this court".

The plaintiff filed a petition that drugs and illegal liquor are supplied in the colonies in Chandigarh like Dadu Majra, Bhaskar Colony, Sector 25, Bapudham, Mauli Jagran, among others. The petitioner further added that peddlers are operating in the colonies without any hindrance or hurdles and, therefore, are not only indulging in illegal criminal activity, but also playing with the life of the people, particularly youths.

The petition also stressed that, "It is pertinent to mention that the respondents are liable to check such activities and easy supply of such items puts a question mark on the Administration."

Talking to Newsline, Kaur said, "This is a very serious issue and Administration needs to take serious action to curb the menace. We asked the Administration to submit a status report as to what they are doing to control the supply of drugs and other illegal intoxicants but no such report has been filed yet and the respondents did not appear before the court. So we requested for ex parte evidence of the petitioner."

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