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Sunday, November 3, 2019

HC stays construction at Sangrur club

HC stays construction at Sangrur club

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2

A year after two petitions for preserving and protecting “heritage” Maharaja Ranbir Club (Skating Rink) in Sangrur was filed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered stay on further construction.

The Bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary and Justice Sudhir Mittal also fixed November 18 as the next date of hearing in the matter. Referring to a report carried in these columns on district administration’s plan to open a liquor bar in the club built somewhere in 1890, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Jasinder Sekhon and other petitioners had sought court’s indulgence to save “the site from being destroyed by creating third party rights and by throwing all norms to the wind”.

The petitioners said the act of opening a beer bar and restaurant at the heritage site had resulted in endangering historical Maharaja Ranbir Club (Skating Rink). “The opening of the illegal bar and restaurant on a government site caught the attention of the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the basis of news reports. The Leader of Opposition wrote a letter to the Local Bodies Minister on August 28, 2018. But the Punjab government as well as the DC concerned failed to bring to an end the illegality,” it was added.

The petitioners submitted that third party right was created in the favour of Rock and Storm Hospitality by another “private entity” Ranbir Club created in 1992. Sangrur Deputy Commissioner was its president/chairman in his ex-officio capacity and not in his official capacity.

Appearing for the petitioner-INTACH, advocate and MP Manish Tewari and Manpreet Sawhney asserted that they came to know about the creation of third-party interest vide the newspaper report dated June 27 last year, which also carried a photograph of a hoarding put up there.

The other petitioners were represented by senior advocate ML Saggar and Armaan Saggar.

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