The Madras HC also sought to place on record whether an alternate place for hawking has been given to the hawkers and said that photographs of the site be taken and produced before the court. This is to verify that all the hawkers have been removed from NSC Bose Road and are located in the place allocated to them.
On June 11, the court called out the corporation for not implementing the Supreme Court order and other series of orders passed by the high court to maintain the NSC Bose road as a no-hawking road.
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The court also directed the government counsel to ensure contemnors (officers holding top positions when the initial order was passed as well as those presently holding the posts) are present in the court on the next date of hearing.
The former chief secretary of Tamil Nadu Gnanadesigan, former municipal administration secretary Pannerndra Reddy, former Chennai corporation commissioner Vikaram Kapoor, former Chennai commissioner of Police T K Rajendran, and former additional commissioner of police Abey Kumar Singh are some people whose appearance was directed.
In 1995, the Supreme Court declared the entire stretch of NSC Bose Road a no-hawking zone. After the authorities failed to act on the court’s order, Ramasamy filed a contempt petition in 2016. The court in April this year gave two months’ time to relocate the hawkers. This order was also not complied with.
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