Supreme Court to hear petition against demolitions UP

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court of India will hear a petition seeking directions to the Uttar Pradesh government to follow certain rules when it carries out further demolitions in the state. The petition was filed by Muslim body Ulama-i-Hind which sought action against UP government officials who were indulged in demolitions. 

The petition was filed by the Muslim body in the wake of UP government’s order to demolish houses of people who were accused of  taking part in clashes last week, including the home of Javed Mohammad, a leader of the Welfare Party of India. 

The leader’s house was demolished on Sunday with district development authority in Prayagraj saying parts of the building had been illegally constructed and that he had not appeared for hearings on the issue in May. His lawyers, nevertheless, says the family only got a notice late on Friday, two days before the building was razed which was owned by his wife, not him. 

A day earlier, Nizam Qureshi’s multi-storey building was demolished. He allegedly led the June 3 Kanpur violence. 

The plea says that the adoption of such extra-legal measures is clearly in violation of the principles of natural justice, especially when the court is hearing the present matter.

“It is pertinent to note that in the present matter this Hon’ble Court ordered the stay of demolitions that were being carried out as a punitive measure in Northwest Delhi in similar circumstances. Hence, considering that the captioned matter is currently pending before this Hon’ble Court, restoring such measures is even more alarming.

The violence erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh following Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks over Prophet Muhammad. However,  she was later suspended by the BJP from party.


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