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Ace Hry shooter moves HC over arms licence Says Using Rifles For Sports Event

April 06, 2019 07:12 AM


Ace Hry shooter moves HC over arms licence
Says Using Rifles For Sports Events


Arjuna Award winning shooter Sanjeev Rajput has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court against the show-cause notice issued by the Yamunanagar deputy commissioner over his arms licence.

In the show-cause notice, the Yamunanagar DC had asked Rajput as to why his licence should not be cancelled because a rape case was pending against him. Rajput had approached the DC’s office for addition of one weapon on his arms licence and for extension of area validity. His licence is already renewed till 2020.

The ace shooter, who hails from Haryana’s Yamunanagar district, however, has argued that he is using the rifles for sports events and not to threaten anyone. He also argued that shooting is his bread and butter and cannot be snatched from him when he is not a threat to public.

Taking cognizance of Rajput’s plea, Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa of the high court has asked the Haryana government to file its reply by April 12 on the contentions raised by the shooter.

“The petitioner herein is stated to be an Arjuna Award winner in the year 2010 and having represented the nation in the Beijing and London Olympics in the year 2008 and 2012, respectively, in the capacity of an ace shooter. On November 22, 2018, he was served with a show-cause notice issued from the district magistrate, Yamunanagar, contemplating the cancellation of his arms license bearing No. 6619/June/D.M.Y./2011,” observed Justice Dhindsa in his orders while issuing notice to the Haryana government.

During the hearing of the case on Thursday, R Kartikeya, Rajput’s counsel, submitted that a reply to the showcause notice was submitted to the DC Yamunanagar on December 5, 2018, but no final decision on the show-cause notice had been taken till date.

According to the counsel, when he had approached the office of DC Yamunanagar office to know about the reasons behind the cancellation notice, he was informed that the action has been initiated in view of pendency of a rape case against Rajput.

His counsel submitted that Rajput has to participate in several national and international events of shooting and without a valid arms licence, he would not be able to represent the country. He also apprised the high court about Rajput’s upcoming visit to Beijing to participate in the ISSF World Cup from April 21 to 29.

Rajput has sought directions to the Haryana government to decide his representation submitted against the show-cause notice issued by the DC


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