The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking instructions for the Uttar Pradesh government to follow the rules as it carries out more demolitions in the state. The petition also sought strict measures against officials who engaged in illegal demolition.
The petition, filed by the Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, was filed in connection with recent demolitions of buildings deemed illegal by the state administration, including the home of Javed Mohammad, leader of the Welfare Party of India.
Javed Mohammad’s house was razed to the ground on Sunday by the district development authority in Prayagraj who claimed the building had been built illegally and that he had failed to appear for hearings after notices issued in May. However, his attorneys said the family only received a copy of the notice on Saturday night, the night before the demolition, and that the building was owned by his wife and not by him.
A day earlier, a multi-storey building allegedly belonging to a close associate of one of the main defendants in the June 3 violence in Kanpur was demolished.
The allegation said that the adoption of such extralegal measures is clearly in violation of the principles of natural justice, especially when the court is hearing the present matter.
“It is pertinent to note that in the present matter, this Honorable Court ordered the suspension of the demolitions that were being carried out as a punitive measure in north-west Delhi under similar circumstances. Hence, considering that the matter in question is currently pending before this Honorable Court, the reestablishment of such measures is even more alarming.
Violence erupted in several parts of the state after protesters took to the streets against controversial comments by two former BJP leaders against the Prophet Muhammad. Nupur Sharma was suspended from the party while another spokesman, Naveen Kumar Jindal, was expelled for his remarks.
The organization had earlier entered the guilty plea on the issue of building demolition in the Jahangirpuri area of Delhi.
The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the center and others on the issue of demolishing buildings in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area in the statement submitted by the organization which claimed that the buildings of the accused Muslim rioters are being devastated.