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PIL in Delhi HC seeks guidelines on police booths on unapproved land

  • The plea alleges that there are various police booths in the city which neither have metered electricity connection nor are constructed on approved land
  • The next date of hearing is on 15 October

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Delhi Police on a plea that seeks guidelines for regulation of police booths constructed on unapproved land and having unauthorised electricity connections.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar has not issued a formal notice on the plea. The court has, however, asked the authorities to take instructions on the issue.

"The PIL seeks issuance of comprehensive guidelines in respect of regulating the construction of state police booths/kiosks which have got erected in an indiscriminate manner on encroached government/public land without having approved allotment and sanction of the land by its competent authorities..." the petition reads.

The plea alleges that there are various police booths in the city which neither have metered electricity connection nor are constructed on approved land.

The next date of hearing is on 15 October.

The PIL has been filed by activist Bejon Kumar Misra and seeks comprehensive guidelines for regulating the construction of state police booths which have been erected in an "indiscriminate manner on encroached government/public land without having approved allotment and sanction of the land by its competent authorities", which reflects poorly on departments like police.

The petition said such police booths do not have authorised power connections and they consume electricity illegally.

"It is also revealed from the replies of RTI that in Rohini district there are total 27 state police booths/ kiosks but there is no metered electricity connection and no land has been allotted for the purpose of construction of state police booths/kiosks." the plea says.

"Similarly, in South East district there are total 55 state police booths/kiosks out of which only 28 have electricity meters and for the rest can be easily assumed that they are illegally consuming the electricity without paying the electricity charges," it further added.

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