No Pause On Demolitions, Supreme Court Refuses Blanket Ban

Supreme Court Bans Blanket Ban, No Restraint on Demolitions

Today, the Supreme Court refused to issue a blanket ban on demolitions in all states. It stressed that this would limit municipal authority rights.

The court is hearing a petition by Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind against demolition exercises that, it has alleged, specifically targeted members of the minority community. 

This was the reason why the Supreme Court sent a notice of concern to Uttar Pradesh’s government. In its reply to the court, the state government has maintained that the demolition drives were routine exercises to remove encroachment. 

Madhya Pradesh’s and Gujarat’s responses have been sought by the court. Recent demolitions have come under fire. 

Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind advocates Dushyant Dave, and CU Singh said that authorities “pick and choose” to demolish homes belonging to people of the “other group”.