The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a detailed affidavit within three days on Jamiat Ulama-i-petition Hind’s against recent demolitions in the state, observing that demolitions must be done in accordance with the due process of law.
New Delhi, June 16: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a detailed affidavit within three days on Jamiat Ulama-i-petition Hind’s against recent demolitions in the state, observing that demolitions must be done in accordance with the due process of law.
In a notice to the state, the Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana stated orally that the demolitions could not be retaliatory. Uttarakhand Prayagraj Development Authority Defends Demolition of Accused Mohammad Javed’s House on June 10
“Everything should appear to be fair, and we expect the authorities to only act in accordance with the law. Make certain that nothing untoward occurs “noted the Supreme Court
The case will be heard again next week.
During the course of the hearing, Advocate Chander Uday Singh, who appeared for the petitioner strongly argued that one community was targeted and the process of demolition is ‘appalling’. Even during the emergency period, the country had never seen such situations, he said.
He claimed that notices were not issued prior to demolition, citing UP Urban Planning and Development Act Section 27, and that notices were issued without the 15-day period required by law.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who represented the state of Uttar Pradesh, contended that the media was exaggerating the issue. He also mentioned notices issued long before the riots referring to instances of demolitions.
He also claimed that someone was riding the wave to protect their illegal properties, claiming that demolitions were taking place regardless of community. The Jamiat Ulama sought directions to initiate action against those officials who were allegedly responsible for the houses allegedly demolished in violation of the rule of law and municipal laws enacted by the state in the plea, which was filed against the backdrop of the ongoing dispute over comments on the Prophet and subsequent demolition drives.
The current situation is more concerning, according to the petition, because the Supreme Court had previously ordered a stay of demolitions being carried out as a punitive measure in northwest Delhi in similar circumstances. “It is a violation of Supreme Court orders,” it stated.
Violence and slogan-shouting were reported in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and Saharanpur after prayers on Friday (June 10) as people protested former BJP spokespersons’ remarks about the Prophet.
Bulldozers, which have become a symbol of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s crackdown on anti-social elements, arrived at the home of Mohammad Javed, a.k.a. Javed Pump, who has been identified as the main conspirator behind the June 10 violence in the city.
The Prayagraj Development Authority had served a demolition notice on the house, which was allegedly built without the necessary permissions.