HC Upholds Punjab Policy on Marriage Palaces, Resorts
Chandigarh, Jan. 10 -- Upholding the Punjab government's notification regarding regularisation of marriage palaces and resorts, the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissed a bunch of petitions filed by owners of marriage palaces and granted them a month's time to seek regularisation as per the policy.
The judgment came from the division bench comprising justices Surya Kant and Surinder Gupta on Friday while pronouncing the order on a bunch of petitions questioning the validity of the state government's notification dated November 16, 2012, as modified by a subsequent notification on January 7, 2013.
The state government had notified policy guidelines and building norms for regularisation of existing marriage palaces and setting up of new marriage palaces in the state after clearance from the council of ministers.
It was only after the high court directions on a public interest litigation filed in 2011 that a draft policy was framed by the state government for regulating the mushrooming growth of marriage palaces; thereafter, the latter were given the option of seeking regularisation of their constructions. Though many marriage palaces applied for regularisation, some chose to challenge the state government policy in the high court.
Addressing one of the main issues raised by the petitioner marriage palaces about the application of the policy with retrospective effect, the court said such an effect had been given to the policy under the command of the directions issued by the high court in exercise of the public interest litigation jurisdiction. …