The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Government to consider the representations made by the Petitioner to reduce the upper limit of 50 guests during wedding functions.
A bench comprised by Chief Justice Ravi Shanker and Justice Arun Palli has directed the Union of India, the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh Administration to decide the issue after a proper representation is made before them.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate HC Arora. He had contended that the MHA guidelines prescribing for a congregation of up to fifty persons in marriage ceremonies is "counter-productive" to the protective and preventive measures that have been adopted by the Government to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.
He had therefore sought for a direction on the Respondent-authorities to reduce this number and further cut-short the gatherings.
During the course of hearing, the counsels appearing for the Government assured that the Petitioner's grievances will be considered and a new policy in this regard may also be framed, if a proper representation is put forth before them.
The court therefore disposed of the petition with liberty to the Petitioner to make a representation and directed that a decision thereon shall be taken by the authorities, in accordance with law.
The Petitioner thereafter indicated his intentions to move necessary representation before the authorities, within two weeks.
Case Title: HC Arora v. Union of India & Ors.
Case No.: CWP (PIL) No. 64/2020 (O&M)
Quorum: Chief Justice Ravi Shanker and Justice Arun Palli
Appearance: Petitioner in person; ASGI Satya Pal Jain with standing counsel Dheeraj Jain (for Union of India); Senior Standing Counsel Pankaj Jain (for UT, Chandigarh); Senior Deputy Advocate General Monica Chhibbar (for State of Punjab); and Additional Advocate General Deepak Balyan (for State of Haryana)
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