Show us the Dera cleaning proposal: HC

While acting on a petition seeking directions to restrain the UT Administration and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) from allowing Dera Sacha Sauda's followers from cleaning the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday asked the MCC to show the court the initiative's proposal.

Directions came from a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on a petition filed by Lawyers for Human Rights International, an independent organisation. The bench adjourned the hearing for February 27.

The petitioner organization had sought directions to restrain UT Administration, MCC, Chief Engineer S S Bida and Mayor Subash Chawla from allowing followers of Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to clean the city Chandigarh as it "was not in the public interest".

The petitioners have contended that since Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his followers are facing murder and rape trials in Panchkula court , this action will harm the interest of justice and will have an adverse effect on the fair trail of the cases. The court was also informed that as per the media reports over one lakh follower of Dera would be coming to clean the city.

The petitioner had also laid emphasis on different cases where Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh involved. It was mentioned that one sadhu, who was follower of Dera Sacha Saudha, Hans Raj Chauhan had alleged castration by the Dera head and the case is pending with the court. Moreover, it was also highlighted that Bathinda court has already asked the Dera head to appear before the court on February 22 for hurting Sikh sentiments in 2007 for allegedly wearing an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh.

UT, Golf Club hold talks on revised lease, pending dues

Chandigarh: On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the Golf Club's payment of dues to the UT Administration as per the revised lease, a meeting was held on Thursday between both the parties convened by retired Justice Kuldeep Singh.

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