NEW DELHI—Granting three day’s time to UP government to prove how the recent demolitions in Prayagraj and other places were in accordance with procedural and municipal laws, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the UP government not to demolish houses except in accordance with existing laws. This was reported by Live Law.
The order was issued by the bench comprising Justice A S Bopanna and Justice Vikram Nath on a petition filed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind.
The Jamiat had moved the apex court seeking directions to the UP government that no further demolitions were carried out without follow the due process of law.
Demolitions of houses in Saharanpur, Kanpur and the latest in Prayagraj had created panic among social and human rights activist. The houses allegedly belonged to those who had given a call or participated in a protest against the derogatory remarks made against Prophet Mohammed by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Delhi BJP leader Pravin Kumar Jindal. While Nupur has been suspended by BJP for six years pending inquiry, Jindal has been expelled from the party.
Jamiat pleaded that there was no law under which houses of any one having taken part in a protest of given a call for it can be demolished. It argued that such actions against political activists or human rights workers were not taken even during the British Raj or even during the Emergency in 1975-77 that is called Black Period in India’s Independent period.