Demolition: SC wants status quo till further orders

Demolition: SC wants status quo till further orders
Illustration: Neeharika Balaji

One-liner: The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the status quo until further orders on the razing of buildings in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area of the national capital.

Serious view: It said it would take a serious view of the demolition that was carried out even after its order was communicated to the NDMC mayor.

Muslims targeted: A bench issued notice to the Centre and others on the plea filed by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind that claimed that buildings of the Muslim riots accused were razed.

National issue: At the outset, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, said this matter raises far-reaching questions of constitutional and national importance.

Encroachments: Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, also appearing for the Muslim body, said encroachment was a serious problem throughout India and it was increasingly being associated with Muslims.

Not stopped: Advocate P V Surendranath, appearing for CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, said despite the court's status quo order on Wednesday, the demolition drive was not stopped.

SG clarifies: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta clarified that the encroachment removal process in Jahangirpuri had begun in Jan this year. 

Status quo ordered: After hearing the parties, the bench ordered the maintenance of the status quo till the filing of affidavits and counter-affidavits on the notices served.

Drive stalled: The apex court on Wednesday had stalled the anti-encroachment drive in the area after taking note of a plea of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind that buildings of the Muslim riots accused are being razed.

Source: PTI

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