Himachal High Court asks police to vacate ground for school children

Shimla: The High Court on Tuesday asked police to shift unclaimed vehicles lying on a ground in the city locality so that it could be used as a playground by students of a nearby government school.

Division bench consisting of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol passed directions in a public interest litigation asking SP and DC Shimla to indentify appropriate land with a month and shift seized vehicles and other unserviceable property lying on a Waqf board property in Boileauganj locality.

The board had earlier allowed education department use of the property as a playground for Government Senior Secondary School Boileauganj, which was later rented out to police department for placing unserviceable property.

“After shifting, the land be made available to education department for use by students at the same rent as it was let out to the police department,” the court order directed.

Earlier the court observed that concerned departments including police had no objection, in principle to making the ground available to the students and they only require some place for keeping the vehicles involved in cases.

The court also directed all deputy commissioners to file an affidavit, within two months, about disposal of unclaimed vehicles and other properties which are lying idly parked on roads and are causing obstruction to smooth flow of traffic.

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