The Hyderabad circuit bench of the Sindh High Court have rejected 262 petitions filed in by hotel businesses on Monday and announced a reserved verdict according to the Ehteram-i-Ramazan Ordinance 1981.
According to Dawn, the division bench of Justices Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Justice Faheem Ahmed Siddiqui heard the suggestions of the petitioners on May 2 and reserved the order.
Furthermore the court also directed all district and sessions judges as well as deputy commissioners to ensure that no restaurant, hotel, beverage stall and tea shops remained open at public places during the day light hours in Ramazan, with the exemption of the ones which has been laid down under Section V of the ordinance.
The court further elaborated that if the petitioners consider they have the right to sought benefits from the Section V might approach the District Commissioners (DC) however the court also cautioned that the DCs could not give such power.
The court also ordered that the judgment will be communicated to all the concerned departments to ensure everyone follows the orders from the court.
According to Dawn, the court said that a bus stand also called a bus bay or bus stance was a designated parking location. The words “within the premises” used in clause (b) of Section V of the ordinance itself indicated that it did not refer to a roadside bus stop or layovers but a separately designated place wherein parking areas for vehicles, waiting areas for passengers and other amenities were provided. Similarly, it said, it was not sufficient for a canteen, restaurant or refectory to claim exemption on the basis of its nearness to a hospital.