High court sends notices to the chief secretary, IG Punjab in Basant case

The notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General Punjab and others by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in a case against lifting the 12-year-old ban on Punjab’s festival Basant.

During the hearing of the case, the high court has directed the parties to submit their replies till January 15.

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Earlier, Lahore High Court (LHC) had sought replies from Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, chief secretary and IG Amjad Javed Saleemi.

The petitioner had contended that it was unconstitutional to allow Basant following the Supreme Court’s ruling against it as the ‘deadly’ festival has claimed loss of many lives.

The chief secretary and IGP have not taken sufficient and essential measures to halt the deadly game, and ‘it is the contempt of court’ to not follow the court’s orders, he added.

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