Notices to Punjab, Haryana over use of pet bottles for liquor

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Chandigarh Administration and the states of Punjab and Haryana over a petition seeking directions exclude the use of pet bottles for the storage and sale of liquor both country made liquor and Indian made foreign liquor. Prem Singh, president of the society Earth Protector in Rohtak had filed the petition that came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain. The bench issued the notice of motion for April 3.

The court was apprised that pet bottles contaminate stored foodstuffs with varying levels of carcinogenic materials which are harmful for consumption by human beings. The petitioner also informed the court that Goa had recently imposed a ban on the possession and sale of liquor in cheap plastic sachets, while Kerala and Delhi had similar provisions for packaging of liquor.

'Sick prisoners will be taken to hospital'

CHANDIGARH: The states of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday assured the Punjab and Haryana High Court that in the future all sick prisoners will be taken to hospital for treatment under adequate security cover. While the Punjab government promised to provide more security personnel to ferry sick prisoners to hospital, the Haryana government stated that it had appointed all deputy commissioners and senior superintendents of police (SSP) for the same.

NRI on non-hardcore terrorist list: Punjab

CHANDIGARH: In reply to a petition moved by Shingara Singh, an USA-based NRI, seeking protection against "harassment by the Punjab Police", Banga DSP Bhagwan Dass informed the Punjab and Haryana HC on Wednesday that although there was no criminal case ever registered against the petitioner, yet his name is in the list of non-hardcore terrorists. While noting that Shingara was arrested in 1997, the DSP said an inquiry had found him innocent.

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