'Petitioners giving communal colour': NDMC defends Jahangirpuri demolition drive in SC

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Monday dismissed the allegations relating to the Jahangirpuri demolition drive carried before the Supreme Court and called them 'false'. It further alleged that the petitioners have tried to 'communally sensationalize' the matter.

Petitioners giving communal colour: NDMC defends Jahangirpuri demolition drive in SC
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Source: ANI

New Delhi: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Monday dismissed the allegations relating to the Jahangirpuri demolition drive carried before the Supreme Court and called them 'false'. It further alleged that the petitioners have tried to 'communally sensationalize' the matter.  


The NDMC said, "It clearly appears that it is for this reason that the petitioner has lent its name suppressing the above-referred facts and has attempted to communally sensationalize an otherwise routine administrative exercise which was being undertaken under the orders of the High Court of Delhi and not targeting any religion or community." 


It claimed that the issue is being given an unwarranted communal colour by those who filed the petition.  NDMC said the petitioner has given misrepresentation before this Court relating to the respondent Corporation demolishing the properties without notice, and this was done selectively targeting a particular religion.


"The petition deserves to be dismissed only on the ground that the petitioner has while invoking the equity jurisdiction of this Hon'ble Court, resorted to falsehood and has, unfortunately, attempted to sensationalize a routine administrative exercise by giving it an unwarranted communal colour," said the NDMC.


"The above-referred facts and the list will also show that the petitioner chose to refer to any particular religion or community but the law-enforcing authorities while exercising their powers under section 322 of the Act exercised their powers based only on the illegality being dealt with irrespective of the religion," it added. 


On the issue of demolition continued after the school's status quo, NDMC said that as soon as the Legal Consultant verified this fact and informed me about the status-quo order and the corporation stop the ongoing process was immediately stopped.


"It was, however, found prudent to remove the debris lying on the road so as to ensure that there was no hindrance to the traffic movement and that the bricks and other things lying may not be used for any other unlawful purposes. That process of removal of above hindrances continued some time," NDMC said.


Meanwhile, the petitioned read, "In response to alleged acts of violence, the administration in several states has been employing bulldozers to raze down the houses of persons suspected to be involved in such incidents. A number of ministers and legislators, including the Chief Minister and the Home Minister of the state of Madhya Pradesh, have made statements advocating such acts and especially threatened the minority groups with the destruction of their homes and commercial properties in case of riots."


(With inputs from ANI)

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