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Allahabad High Court directs DMs of Kaushambi, Dehradun to end proceedings in three months in arms renewal case

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The Allahabad High Court has directed the District Magistrates of Kaushambi and Dehradun to complete proceedings in three months in an arms license renewal case.

A single-judge bench of Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Sri Datta Mishra.

The petitioner’s solitary grievance appears to be that his application for renewal of his firearm license has remained pending with the respondent-authorities for very long, the Court observed.

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The Court noted,

“In this regard, it has been stated that the license had been issued at Dehradun while the petitioner was posted as Sub-Inspector in UP Police. Subsequently, the State of Uttarakhand was created. Also, the petitioner attained the age of superannuation and is since residing at Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh.”

“On his application for renewal filed before respondents, a report has been called by the said authority from the District Magistrate Dehradun vide communication dated July 29, 2019. Also, a report was called from the concerned police station. In such circumstances, the renewal application made by the petitioner has remained pending.”

Without entering into the merits of the case, the Court disposed of the petition with a direction upon respondents to complete the proceedings regarding renewal of firearm license claimed by the petitioner, as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a period of three months from the date of production of copy of the order before those authorities.

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The Court clarified that the District Magistrate Kaushambi may also write to the District Magistrate Dehradun to complete the formalities at his end in a time-bound manner. Thereupon, the proceeding for renewal may be finalized by respondents, strictly in accordance with law.

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