The Supreme Court made it clear that in any case the forest area should be vacant and no compromise can be made in this. (File pic)
The Supreme Court said, ‘In our opinion, there is no reason for the Court to interfere at this stage.’ Advocate Aparna Bhatt, appearing for the people living in the forest areas, told the bench that no demolition action should be taken in this era of Kovid-19 epidemic.
New Delhi. The Supreme Court has refused to modify its earlier order to demolish around 10,000 houses in the forest area of Khori village in Faridabad within six weeks. A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari gave this order while hearing a public interest litigation. The petition demanded a stay on the demolition action.
The court said, ‘In our opinion, there is no reason for the court to interfere at this stage.’ Advocate Aparna Bhatt, appearing for the people living in the forest areas, told the court that no demolition action should be taken in this era of Kovid-19 epidemic. Most of the migrant laborers live there and in this period of crisis they will be homeless. At the same time, he also alleged that the corporation is not accepting the documents of the people living here for the rehabilitation plan. In response, the court said that we cannot stop the demolition. People had ample opportunity to clear the forest land. All this is going on for the last six years.
On the allegation of non-acceptance of documents for the same rehabilitation plan, the court has asked the corporation to work on it under the rules. Advocate Bhatt said that at least one temporary shelter should be provided for those who are being evicted during the pandemic as there are a large number of children and women. In response, the court clarified that it is the job of the state of Haryana to look into this issue.
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During the hearing, the Haryana government said that the encroachers pelt stones at the officials who took the demolition action. On this, the court said that no order is required for this and the authorities know what to do.
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On June 7, the Supreme Court had ordered the Faridabad Corporation to demolish about 10,000 constructions in the forest area within six weeks. The Supreme Court had clearly said that in any case the forest area should be vacant and no compromise can be made in it.