Chandigarh Administration & Ors v. Namit Kumar And Ors

Chandigarh Administration & Ors v. Namit Kumar And Ors

Appeal (civil) 3700 of 1999

Leave granted in SLP (C) Nos. 14342/98, 14639/98, 76-77/99, 13994/99 and 13720/99. In all these appeals challenge is to some of the directions given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court while dealing with a public interest litigation filed by an advocate and two doctors. Their main grievance was that there was immense air and noise pollution, traffic congestion and unsystematic functioning of the various authorities. It was specifically highlighted that there was increase in the number of vehicular accidents which resulted from absence of proper traffic control. One of the directions which have been assailed by several appellants relates to direction no.14 regarding use of helmets. The exemption has only been extended to Sikh women while driving. , therefore the High Court could not have given the direction contrary to the suggestion.

One of the directions also relates to the providing of sign boards. The learned counsel for the State submitted that it will not be possible to implement the direction immediately and the State Government would do it in a phased manner. It is open to the State Government to approach the High Court for modification of the direction.

The appeal relating to SLP 13994/99 is dismissed. All other appeals are disposed of as indicated above. There will be no order as to costs.