SC interrupts demolition drive in violence-hit Jahangirpuri; CJI orders status quo

Violence-hit Delhi’s Jahangirpuri region has been saved by the Supreme Court. The demolition drive in the area has been cited as illegal and the SC has ordered status quo.

Advocate Dushyant Dave has said that the demolition drive being carried out by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation is illegal and no prior notice was given to the people staying there. Senior advocates like Dushyant Dave, Kapil Sibal, PV Surendranath, and Prashant Bhushan presented the matter before the Chief Justice, NV Ramana. After being mentioned by Dushyant Dave that the demolition is illegal, the SC issued a status quo: “Let the matter be taken up tomorrow along with the other matter,” the CJI said.

The matter was taken to Supreme Court by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind against the demolition of the houses that are being found guilty in riots. Senior advocate, Dave, also revealed that since the matter was going to be discussed the demolition started at 9 am in the morning from its original timing of 2 pm. The demolition drive by the BJP ruled region began on Wednesday and Thursday. Nearly 400 Police personnel have been deployed to carry out the demolition. After an hour of status quo, Dave informed SC that the demolition continued. SC immediately communicated with the NDMC mayor,  to stay the order.

CPIM Leader, Brinda Karat, who rushed to the site, said, “The law and the constitution have been bulldozed by illegal demolition. At least Supreme Court and its order should not be bulldozed.”

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