Bulldozer Training: SC seeks response from UP on demolition; new audience next week | India News



NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh government and Prayagraj authorities as well as Kanpur Dev to file their responses on the alleged use of bulldozers for the “retaliatory demolition” of the homes of defendants. riot, within three days. The High Court has scheduled the next hearing in said case for next week.
The Supreme Court also told the UP government to strictly follow legal procedure while suppressing unauthorized structures.
Lead attorney CU Singh and attorney Nithya Ramakrishnan, who appeared for Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, told the Supreme Court that the UP chief minister had warned against retaliatory demolitions at the bulldozers and that officials had demolished the accused riot houses without notice, as required by law.
A bench of judges AS Bopanna and Vikram Nath said there must be a “sense among the citizens that the rule of law prevails in the country”.
Meanwhile, Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta told the court that due process had been followed. He claimed it would be “a travesty of judicial process if the Supreme Court issued an omnibus directive based on a PIL, that the rule of law should be upheld throughout the country.”
SG Mehta pointed out that no aggrieved persons approached the Supreme Court as they knew that the demolitions had been carried out according to legal procedure. “Injured persons are well off and could go to court to protect their property rights. The High Court can award relief if their properties were legal,” he also said.
Senior Solicitor Harish Salve, who appeared for Prayagraj Development Authority, said notice, as required by law, was given in a case dating back to August 2020, before the demolitions were carried out. carried out. “We will put everything under oath. The PIL relies on a misconception propagated after the riots,” he added.


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