The Supreme Court on Thursday orally observed that Uttar Pradesh civic authorities should strictly follow legal procedures while demolishing alleged illegal structures, Bar and Bench reported.
A bench comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Vikram Nath made the remark while hearing a petition by the Islamic organisation Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. The organisation has sought directions to the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that no illegal demolitions take place in the state.
Since last week, civic administrations in Uttar Pradesh have been razing the houses of those who allegedly protested against disparaging remarks made by two Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersons about Prophet Muhammad.
It included the house of activist Javed Mohammed in Prayagraj. He was arrested for allegedly conspiring to carry out violent protests in the city to oppose the remarks about Prophet. The Prayagraj Development Authority claimed it had given Mohammed a notice on May 10 about his illegal construction. However, Mohammed’s family denied receiving any communication.
The court on Thursday said that the accused persons who fear the demolition of their properties are a part of society, and have the right to have their grievances addressed. “Respondents [Uttar Pradesh government] will get time for their…