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Separate HC for Haryana a legitimate demand: Hooda

July 15, 2009 14:45 IST
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said that having a separate High Court for the state was a "legitimate demand" and he had taken up the issue with Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily.

"Like any other state, my state too, has a legitimate demand of having its separate High Court at Chandigarh. I have talked to Moily recently and our demand has found favour from him," Hooda said addressing a 'meet-the-press' programme at Chandigarh Press Club on the occasion of the Club's 29th foundation day.

At present Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh is common for both the neighbouring states. Asked about unilateral termination of the inter-state river water agreements with the neighbouring states by Punjab about five years back, Hooda said, "The matter was earlier referred by the President to the Supreme Court. We have given an application in the apex court that the matter should be taken up on priority."

On the demand of the Haryana Sikhs regarding setting up of a separate Shri Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee for the state as ruling Congress had promised this in its manifesto in the last assembly elections, the chief minister said that the committee headed by the agriculture minister H S Chatha had recently submitted a report to the government which has recommended constitution of a separate body.

"After receiving the report, the government has constituted a committee under the State Advocate General's chairmanship which will examine that there are no legal hurdles in the process (of setting up a separate SGPC for Haryana)," Hooda said.

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