SC stays Jahangirpuri demolition drama for 2 weeks
Issues notices to Centre, Delhi govt, NDMC & Delhi Police
New Delhi, April 21 (Delhi Crown): The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the demolition of structures in Jahangirpuri area of North-West Delhi for two weeks.
The apex court also issued notices to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Delhi Police, Delhi Government and the Centre in all petitions filed in the matter. All parties are to file their responses before the next date of hearing.
Additionally, the court has asked the petitioners to file affidavits to show whether they received any prior notice regarding the demolition.
The court also took a strong note of the fact that the demolition work went on in Jahangirpuri despite its order to maintain status quo at the spot. The two-judge bench asked when exactly was its order communicated.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that the Advocate-on-Record M.R. Shamshad messaged the order via Whatsapp to the NDMC Mayor Raja Iqbal at around 11:00 a.m.
“The NDMC Mayor himself went on record at 11:00 to say SC’s orders will be complied with. He complied with it after 12 depsite that,” Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave submitted before the bench.