File photo of Lucknow hotel fire
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 at a hotel in Lucknow.
The lawyers 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 motu 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.
A bench of Upadhyay and Justice Saurabh Srivastava was 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 lawyer Shailendra Singh expressed his displeasure over the manner in which the affidavit was prepared when the fire officer's reply was presented in the court.
When the bench asked about this, the lawyer asked for 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 next hearing and directed the state to file a detailed affidavit.
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