Kanpur, Prayagraj authorities carried out demolitions strictly in compliance with UP Laws: Uttar Pradesh Government tells Supreme Court

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The Uttar Pradesh Government in its response to the application filed by Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind against the recent demolitions of alleged illegal constructions the State has said that the demolitions carried out by the Kanpur and Prayagraj Development Authority were strictly in compliance with the UP Urban Planning and Development Act, 1973.

The affidavit filed by the Uttar Pradesh Government submits that the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has cherry-picked a few incidents and has attempted to give a mala fide color to the lawful action.

The affidavit has been filed in the applications filed in pending petitions pertaining to the issue of demolition of properties in the Jahangirpuri area. The new applications were filed against the demolition of properties in Prayagraj and Kanpur.

Earlier, the Apex Court had refused to intervene in Uttar Pradesh demolitions. Court had refused to grant stay as sought in applications and had directed the authorities to follow due process of law.

The instant affidavit submits that the demolition of properties of Ishtiaq Ahmad and Riyaz Ahmad in Kanpur on June 11, has been falsely linked to rioting. In both the cases, certain portions of the two illegal structures were taken down and both the structures were under construction and not in conformity with the permission granted, it adds.

It further reads, "Whereas, in Prayagraj the demolition carried out on a house of one Javed Mohammad was carried out because the property was illegal and un-sanctioned. The residential property was unauthorisedly being used as an office and the demolition was carried out much prior to the incident of riots".

It further submits that Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has attempted to give a mala fide colour to lawful action taken by the local development authorities as per the procedure established by law by cherry-picking one-sided media reporting of a few incidents and extrapolating sweeping allegations from the same against the State.

The main plea has been filed by Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind. The organization had urged the top court to issue appropriate directions to the Center and the States that such actions of bulldozing properties cannot be taken against any accused in any criminal proceedings. Wherein, the Apex Court had ordered status quo on the demolition drive against the encroachment at Jahangirpuri in Delhi.

Case Title: Jamiat Ulama I Hind and Anr. Vs. Union of India and Ors.