Supreme Court refuses to grant status quo on demolition of jhuggi's in Sarojini Nagar

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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to allow status quo in the plea against the demolition of Jhuggi's in the Sarojini Nagar area. The bench has agreed to list the case on Monday, i.e. April 25, 2022.

A bench of the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli refused to accept the contention of Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appearing for the petitioner that the “same thing will happen to them early morning” on Monday.

The bench was hearing a plea challenging the Delhi High Court order, which the single judge's order, refusing to grant rehabilitation to the jhuggi dwellers of the Sarojini Nagar area.

The petitioners had filed a plea seeking quashing of the demolition notice stating that the cluster which forms the subject matter of the present petition, houses more than 200 families who have been staying there for decades.

The Single Judge's order had noted, "the petitioner have not been able to show that the jhuggi jhopri cluster at Sarojini Nagar, where the appellants‟ jhuggis are located, is notified under the provisions of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board Act, 2010 (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), thereby casting an obligation on the respondent to frame a scheme for rehabilitation and for relocation of their jhuggis before any action of eviction is undertaken." 

Whereas, the division bench of the High Court comprising the Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla dismissed the plea stating that the court has not found any merit in the case.

Cause Title: Vaishali & Ors vs Union of India & Ors