Punjab and Haryana High Court notice to Centre over blocking of National Highways

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On Wednesday, the High Court of Punjab & Haryana issued notice of motion to the Union of India & other respondents on a plea seeking action against persons who had dug up NHs & other roads following the farmers’ agitation.

The petitioner submitted that the persons had intentionally blocked highways & the roads by putting nails, barricades & other “iron & allied items”. Directions were sought to the Delhi DGP to remove obstacles created by its force. A judicial inquiry in the matter was prayed for.

The matter was brought to the court’s notice by Ravinder Singh Bassi for issuance of directions for “opening” National Highways blocked & obstructed by the Delhi Police. Among other things, the petitioner contended that NHs could not be blocked. Appearing before the Bench, the petitioner referred to provisions of the National Highways Act, 1956, in support of his contentions. Taking up the matter, Justice GS Sandhawalia fixed March 15 as the next date of hearing. 

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