STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Citizen’s Forum through its President R K Chadha regarding fly-over project from Shakuntla-Janipur, which was abandoned for some extraneous reasons and de-congesting/ widening of Amphalla-Janipur road and Janipur-High Court road, a Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal after hearing Adv Aditya Sharma, imposed costs Rs 20,000 on erring officers of Planning Department for not filing status report.When PIL came-up for hearing, the Division Bench observed that as back as on 19th March 2019, the Court had directed Planning Department to file a status report within two weeks failing which costs of Rs 20,000/- would be imposed on the Department.DB further observed that time to file status report was sought on 16th July, 20th August, 20th September, 16th October, 29th November, 2019 and 21st August 2020. Neither the status report nor plan in question has been filed till date.DB observed that in view thereof, costs of Rs 20,000 is imposed which will be recovered from the officer responsible for all the delays. Costs shall be deposited to Advocate’s Welfare Fund within two weeks from today. The status report shall accompany proof of deposit of costs. It was also made clear that the costs imposed will not be waived off under any circumstances.DB further observed that the writ petition is pending since 2013 and pertains to construction of a flyover from Vikram Chowk to Janipura, a critical area.Others accused of the case included Mohammad Shafi Dar, the then chairman of J&K State Cooperative Bank Limited (JKSTCB) and Abdul Hamid Hajam, Secretary of non-existent River Jhelum Cooperative House Building Society, Srinagar.
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