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Supreme Court gives 3 days time for UP Government and others to file reply in Demolition case

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The Supreme Court, which was hearing the fresh pleas filed by Jamiat-E-Ulema Hind, seeking to stop demolition in Uttar Pradesh, have now fixed the next date of hearing in the case as June 21, Tuesday.

 A two-judge vacation bench of the Supreme Court, of Justice A S Bopana and Justice Vikram Nath have granted three days time to the Uttar Pradesh state government and other respondents to file their reply and objections.

The Supreme Court today granted three days time to the Uttar Pradesh state government and other respondents to file their reply and objections over the fresh pleas filed by Jamiat-E-Ulema Hind seeking to stop demolition in Uttar Pradesh amidst the aftermath of Kanpur Violence.

The Apex COurt seeks responses of UP govt ,Prayagraj as well as Kanpur Development Authorities within 3 days on alleged use of bulldozers for ‘retaliatory demolition’ of houses of riot and stone-pelting accused.

It tells UP govt to strictly follow process of law in removing unauthorised structures.

For Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, Senior Advocate C U Singh and Advocate Nithya Ramakrishnan told the Court that the UP CM had warned of retaliatory demolitions using bulldozers and offiicials carried out the threat by demolishing houses of riot accused without serving notice as required under law..

A bench of Justices A S Bopanna and Vikram Nath said process of law must be followed for demolition of alleged unauthorised structures and that there must be a sense among citizenry that rule of law prevails in the country.

Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind on 13 June approached the Supreme Court, seeking  for an appropriate direction to the State of Uttar Pradesh Government to ensure that no further demolitions are carried. It also asked for action to be taken on those officials who are responsible for the houses allegedly being demolished , which is in violation of the rule of law and the municipal laws enacted by the State of Uttar Pradesh.

The  Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind said that, the  Supreme Court had already ordered stay of demolitions that were being carried out as a punitive measure in Northwest Delhi in similar circumstances. “It is a violation of the orders of the Supreme Court,” and still we use them to stop the people their expression of speech.

“We seek appropriate directions to initiate action against those officials concerned responsible for the houses allegedly demolished in violation of the rule of law and the municipal laws enacted by the State of Uttar Pradesh,” the petition filed by Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, before the Supreme Court said.

SC gives UP time to reply to Jamiat plea against demolitions. Next hearing on June 21. Remarks orally “to make sure that nothing untoward happens in the meanwhile”.

UP asserts due process followed. SC says it can’t say no demolitions but procedure must be followed.

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