HC notice to Haryana on removal of Hooda fatherís statue in Rohtak

Acting on a petition seeking removal of statue of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's father, Ranvir Singh Hooda, from a roundabout in Rohtak, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the state government asking it to file a reply on April 2.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain was hearing the petition filed by Rohtak resident Devender Sharma seeking removal of the statute installed at a roundabout opposite the canal rest house in Rohtak.

Sharma also urged the court to stop authorities from holding the unveiling ceremony of the statue scheduled for Wednesday, January 30.

The petitioner alleged that the roundabout was a public place frequently visited by people. The state cannot take away people's right to access roads, roundabouts, parks and public property without any hindrance and should not allow any unauthorised construction on such places, he added.

"Haryana, in pursuance to the directions given by the Supreme Court in 2006, had formulated a policy for removal, relocation and regularisation of unauthorised constructions by religious institutes on public land," read the petition, adding that the statue was in gross violation of the policy.

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