*IHRO asks PSHRC to move High Court*
*Buddha Nullah CEAN-UP*

*HT LIVE Correspondent*
Ludhiana, December 15

The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today urged the Punjab
State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) at Chandigarh to send its petition on
Budda Nullah to the State High Court even as the three member experts
committee had submitted its supplementary report to the commission.

The petitioner IHRO chairperson D S Gill, in his rejoinder to the experts'
committee 227-page report, asked the Division Bench (DB) of the Commission
to approach the High Court for appropriate orders.

The IHRO termed the report as brilliant and appreciated the graphic inputs
by PAU scientists, medicos and environment engineers who had look into
causes and cure for cleaning up the nullah.

Executive coordinator of the IHRO 'Clean Budda Nullah' project, Sukhdev
Singh Ramgarh Sibian advocate, who represented the petitioner before the
commission, pleaded that, under section 18(2) of the Protection of Human
Rights Act, 1993, the learned DB should approach the High Court for
appropriate directions, orders and writs as the matter was of top priority.

Moreover, he said, the Hon'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court has already
taken cognizance of the matter suo motu and started its own motion issuing
notice to the State of Punjab through its chief secretary, in CWP 13881 of
2006, with January 22, 2007 fixed as date for hearing.

The experts committee comprising of Dr K S Aulakh, V-C, PAU, Dr L S Chawla,
former V-C, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and Dr Daljit Singh,
Principal, DMCH, had underlined some revolutionary measures needed to be
taken to save the nullah.

A memorandum submitted by federation of dyeing units, which read 'save
humanity, environment and industry from the corruption of Municipal
Corporation, PSIEC, Pollution Control Board officials', also forms part of
the experts committee report. The counsel pleaded that to curve the
prevailing corruption; there was need for hammer of higher judiciary.

The DB consisting of Mr B S Rajput and Mr N K Arora, while expressing its
gratitude to the experts committee for the laborious work, adjourned the
case till January 8, said IHRO chairperson here today.


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