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HC stamp on Mahi pool

Ranchi, April 23: India’s ODI and Twenty20 skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s worries seem to have ended.

The Jharkhand High Court today disposed in Dhoni’s favour and directed the petitioners to pay Rs 1 lakh for filing a frivolous peti- tion, in the swimming pool controversy.

A division bench of Chief Justice M. Karpagavinayagam and Justice D.G.R. Patnaik directed Harmu residents S. Gupta, H.N. Ambastha and Krishna Chandra Sircar to deposit the compensation amount in favour of Deepshikha, a voluntary organisation, within a fortnight.

This, despite the fact that a joint compromise petition had been filed on behalf of four Harmu Housing Colony residents and Dhoni’s father Pan Singh. The joint petition mentions that both the parties have resolved their disputes.

The court’s decision came after a hydrogeologist’s report said that the water for the pool would neither affect the water table in the area, nor its supply. The residents of the area will in no way be affected by the swimming pool, the report said.

The state government informed the high court that officials of the drinking water and sanitation department had conducted a survey of the Harmu Housing Colony to solve the water crisis in the area.

The state said that deep bore handpumps should be dug in strategic locations, which will ease the shortage of water in the area.

The bench, buoyed by the suggestion of the government, directed the state to survey the area and dig handpumps.

The swimming pool had become the bone of contention between the petitioners — retired government servants who reside in the Harmu Colony — when Dhoni wanted to have the pool in his house.

The petitioners moved the high court alleging foul play by the Ranchi Regional Development Authority in sanctioning the plan for construction of the pool. They contended that the water for the pool would reduce the overall supply in the area and its dirty water would be discharged in the drains, which would then overflow.

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