The court expresses displeasure with the government's response to the Lucknow hotel fire case

The court expresses displeasure with the government's response to the Lucknow hotel fire case

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday expressed displeasure with the state government for alleged lapses in the regulation of development and housing authorities while hearing a PIL related to the fire incident in a hotel in Lucknow. The counsel appearing for the state could not give proper answers to the queries of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court regarding the PIL, due to which the court expressed unhappiness.

The court had earlier this month taken suo moto cognizance of a fire that broke out at Levana Suites Hotel in Hazratganj, a posh area of ​​the city, in which four people were killed and several were injured. Justice D.K. Upadhyay and Justice Saurabh Srivastava were hearing the PIL. In the last hearing, the bench had sought a detailed reply from Lucknow Development Authority's Vice-Chairman Indramani Tripathi and the Chief Fire Officer.

State government's counsel Shailendra Singh expressed his displeasure over how the affidavit was prepared when the fire officer's reply was presented in court. When the bench asked about this, the lawyer sought more time. To this, the court asked why a detailed affidavit was not prepared when it had already given sufficient time to the government. Expressing displeasure over the silence of the counsel, the bench fixed November 3 for the next hearing and directed the state to file a detailed affidavit.

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