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Punjab and Haryana High Court disposes of PIL over not setting up designated courts

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently disposed of a PIL alleging that the respondent-authorities have neither taken necessary steps for setting up designated courts within their territorial jurisdiction and appointing competent authority as envisaged under Section 7 of the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019.

The PIL has been filed by one Rajesh Bahl further alleging that respondent did not respond to his representation/demand notice dated 12.10.2021. Pradeep Singh Bajwa,  Additional Advocate General, Punjab;  Deepak Balyan,  Additional Advocate General, Haryana, and Anil Mehta, senior standing counsel, appearing for the Union Territory, Chandigarh, submitted that necessary decision and steps on the petitioner’s representation/demand notice dated 12.10.2021 , if so required, would be taken by the respondent-authorities as expeditiously as possible.

In view of the statement made by the counsels for Punjab and Haryana as well as the senior standing counsel for the Union Territory, Chandigarh, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli did not find any reason to entertain the PIL which was accordingly disposed of.

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“It is made clear that this Court has not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case and, therefore, the authorities would be at liberty to examine the matter keeping all facts and facets into consideration and thereafter accept or reject the same in accordance with law,”

-the order reads.

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