Claiming that the continued demolition drive in Uttar Pradesh was being incorrectly linked to selective focusing on of minorities, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP authorities has knowledgeable the Supreme Court docket that the train was carried out in accordance with the prevailing legislation. Citing the Uttar Pradesh City Planning and Improvement Act, 1973, the federal government stated that demolitions had been carried upon the unlawful constructions after following due authorized course of. The apex court docket was listening to a plea filed by Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind which had claimed that the federal government had focused the minority neighborhood in Prayagraj and Kanpur by bringing down their homes following widespread protests within the space.
The submission got here following a wave of criticism over the federal government demolishing the homes of alleged rioters following violent protests towards the now-suspended BJP chief Nupur Sharma’s remarks towards Prophet Muhammad.
Whereas declaring that the federal government had taken motion towards the rioters beneath a separate set of legal guidelines towards the rioters, the state counsel, whereas urging the apex court docket to dismiss the petition, slammed the petitioner for basing the arguments and making sweeping claims towards the federal government after selectively selecting biased media experiences. The state identified that the Kanpur demolition of two homes in query was initiated a lot earlier than the riots passed off and in compliance with the City Planning Act.
Responding to the Prayagraj demolition, the UP authorities stated that the drive was carried out by the Prayagraj Improvement Authority, which is an autonomous physique, after following all authorized procedures rigorously, whereas stating that it had no reference to actions taken towards rioters in anyway.
Final week, the petitioner moved SC and sought instructions on motion towards involved officers after the homes had been razed. After listening to the plea, the two-judge bench of Justices A.S. Bopanna and Vikram Nath directed the UP authorities to file its reply inside three days. The highest court docket additionally identified that any demolition must be performed by the guide and can’t be retaliatory in nature. “Anticipate the authorities to behave solely in accordance with the legislation. Guarantee security in order that nothing untoward occurs,” acknowledged the highest court docket.