Govt asked to hold public hearing in villages on Pauna water


The villagers had moved the court challenging government's decision to hold the hearing on dam's water distribution in Pune, saying it should be held in the affected areas of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Public prosecutor Maulina Thakur on Wednesday contended that the government had decided to hold public hearing in Pune because it did not want to violate the code of conduct.

The bench headed by Justice J N Patel was visibly angry with the government's argument that code of conduct would be violated if hearing was held in the villages.
"What is the code of conduct? Show us the rule which prohibits government officials from taking public hearing to villages?" the judge asked.

"Government officers, who do not want to work, take the shield of code of conduct. Shall we also close down work because of code of conduct. Shall we tell the home department not to send the accused to court because of code of conduct. Whenever a code of conduct comes into force, government officers continue to get their salaries?" the bench noted.

After an angry outburst of the bench, the government changed its stand saying it would hold hearing in villages.

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