Mumbai, Oct 24 (UNI) Disapproving police chowkies being sponsored by private persons and companies, the Bombay High Court today directed the state government to remove, till January 9, all illagilities connected with police stations and chowkies throughout Maharashtra, including illegal constructions of chowkies, boards of sponsors being flashed prominently.
A division bench, comprising Justice J N Patel and Justice Amjad Sayyad, also directed the additional chief secretary of Home department to file an Action Taken Report Showing (ATR) compliance of the order.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a citizen, Indar Chugani, raising three issues -- illegally constructed police chowkies in Mumbai, chowkies prominently flashing boards of sponsors and taking of illegal electric connections.
Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar today simply conceded that, 269 chowkies out of total 388 in Mumbai were constructed without any permission from any authorities and that 53 chowkies were flashing boards of sponsorers.
He also informed the court that all boards of sponsors and advertisements would be removed within 30 days, and assured the court that, in future, no police station or a chowky would flash any such board.
Regarding the illegal construction of 269 chowkies, he pleaded the court to move the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities for regularisation of constructions and again assured the court that the non-regularised chowkies would be brought down by the police themselves.
He requested the court to grant six months time to complete these formalities, but the judges granted time till January 9 and ordered the Additional Chief Secretary of Home department to ensure removal of all such illegalities connected to all police stations and chowkies throughout the state.
The court has also allowed the police to conduct inspection of electric connections of all police stations and chowkies in Mumbai and submit inspection report to the court.