Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to stop it, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) continued its demolition campaign in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. The NDMC mayor stated that they had yet to get a hard copy of the court order, which could take a few hours, and that they will proceed with the demolition.
After the Supreme Court ordered a status quo on the civic body’s demolition drive in violence-hit Jahangirpuri, Raja Iqbal Singh, the Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, told news agency ANI, “We will obey the SC order and take action accordingly.”
Despite Supreme Court order demolition continues
Earlier this year, a Supreme Court case was filed to halt demolition in Jahangirpuri. “Completely unlawful unconstitutional destruction ordered in Jahangirpuri area,” stated Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave.
“Something serious requires your immediate intervention. This is about a completely unconstitutional and illegal demolition which has been ordered in Jahangirpuri area, where riots took place last week. No notice has been served. There is a provision for appeal under the Municiapl Corporation Act. We have filed a provisional application(before SC). It was supposed to start at 2PM but they started the demolition today morning at 9 AM knowing that we will mention”. Dave submitted.
“Maintain status quo. List before appropriate bench tomorrow”, the CJI ordered.
The court’s decision came as nine bulldozers moved into the area. And began demolishing structures on the instructions of the BJP-controlled North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Which was accompanied by a large police presence to prevent any law and order issues.
The mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Raja Iqbal Singh, described it as a “regular drill,” according to news agency PTI. However, the timing of the effort, particularly as it follows the BJP’s main letter. Has raised suspicions about the drive’s political motivations. The city body, according to PTI, need at least 400 police officers for the two-day anti-encroachment operation.