The Supreme Court will today hear petitions against the demolition of buildings in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. A two-judge bench headed by Justice L Nageshwar Rao will hear the case. The demolition proceedings were stayed by the Supreme Court yesterday but continued. The lawyers will inform the court today about this.
The demolition of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation buildings in Jahangirpuri began after communal clashes erupted during a procession marking Hanuman Jayanti last week. The apex court had stayed the proceedings and ordered an urgent hearing as shops and other buildings in the area were being bulldozed.
But the demolition continued for two hours after the court order. Raja Iqbal Singh, mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, said they have not yet received the order and will continue to work on removing the illegal structures until it is received.
Dushyant Dave, a lawyer, then filed a complaint in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice NV Ramana directed that the court order should be communicated to the officials immediately.
Senior CPM leader Brinda Karat had arrived at the spot with a copy of the court order. Brinda Karat alleged that the law and the constitution were being violated through illegal demolition. The Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hindu also criticized the Delhi Municipal Corporation’s action as unilateral.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court in this regard. Senior advocates Prashant Bhushan, Kapil Sibal and Dushyant Dave will appear for the petitioners.