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Exempt Bazar Samiti from poll-related activities: Mukesh Mittal

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Jamshedpur, Nov 29: Mukesh Mittal, vice president (public relations and welfare), Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), has written to East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner iterating his demand to exempt the Parsudih Bazar Samiti from all poll-related activities.

In a second letter to the DC, Mittal cited the observations made by the Jharkhand High Court in two relevant cases.

As per Mittal, the Jharkhand HC made its observations in the case No. W.P. (C) no. 3977 of 2022 pertaining to the petition filed by Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Ranchi against The State of Jharkhand & Others for issuance of direction upon the respondent authorities restraining them from using the Agricultural Market Yard as a warehouse for storage of EVM and counting purposes in view of the fact that the aforesaid election process results into stalling of business activities during the entire election process.

“While hearing the petition, Hon’ble High Court, Jharkhand in WP (PIL) No. 2944/2013 order dated 16.01.2017 has ordered that necessary land should be allocated for the purpose of which the aforesaid premises were kept continuously by the State for much longer time, i.e. to keep the ballot papers, etc. The court has further ordered that after getting the land, some construction should also be carried out permanently so that such type of business premises may not be occupied by the State and a permanent solution will be there with the State Govt. because different types of elections are coming periodically. The court has also observed that it is not desirable to take the business premises of the persons in the State of Jharkhand for keeping ballot papers etc. for the election purposes,” Mittal said.

“Again in the another petition being W.P. (C) No. 6137/2018 M/s Bhadani Traders, Ranchi versus The State of Jharkhand & Others, the Honourable High Court, Jharkhand has observed that it is unfortunate that despite the observations of the learned Division Bench of the High Court, Ranchi made in W.P. (PIL) No. 2944/ 2013, the respondent authorities have once again resorted to the same old practice of occupying the running business premises of the businessmen of the agricultural market yard. Henceforth, the respondent authorities shall take any running business premises of a citizen only under exceptional circumstances, if any government premises are not found for the election purposes,” added Mittal.

Mittal has requested the DC to direct the district officials concerned to be guided according to the HC order.

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