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“Demolitions Can’t Be Retaliatory Measure”: Supreme Court Notice To UP

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'Demolitions Can't Be Retaliatory Measure': Supreme Court Notice To UP

The Supreme court, however, did not order UP to stop the demolitions.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on the demolition of houses of those accused in recent violence in the state and said, “demolitions have to be in accordance with law, they cannot be retaliatory”.

The Supreme court, however, did not order UP to stop the demolitions. “We can’t stay demolitions. We can say go in accordance with law,” said the court.

An organisation called the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind had approached the Supreme Court, asking it to act against officials responsible for what they called the “illegal” demolition of houses.

The petition also said the court should ask the UP government to ensure there were no other demolitions without due process of law being followed.

UP had recently demolished properties of those accused of participating in violent protests against the controversial comments on Prophet Muhammed by two BJP leaders.

The demolitions were “shocking and appalling”, petitioners told the Supreme Court, alleging that notices were served after houses were razed.

The UP government asserted that it had followed the law.

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