Congress leader Ajay Maken has moved the Apex Court on Friday challenging the directions issued by a bench headed by retired Justice Arun Mishra giving directions for the demolition of about 48,000 Jhuggis alongside the railway tracks in Delhi.
The Plea was filed by advocate Aman Panwar and Advocate on Record Nitin Saluja seeking directions to the Ministry of Railways, Delhi Government and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUISB) to rehabilitate the slum dwellers prior to eviction of their dwellings.
In his petition Maken said, “The authorities have already initiated the process of identification and removal of jhuggis and have issued the demolition notice, in various slums in Delhi. Further, while doing so they have circumvented the procedures established by law with respect to rehabilitation of slum dwellers prior to eviction/demolition of their jhuggis ignoring the procedure enshrined in the Delhi sum & JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy.”
The Top Court on August 31 had directed the removal of 48,000 slums across the railway tracks in Delhi which covers almost an area on 140 km, within a span of 3 months and said that no political interference in the matter shall be entertained in the execution of the plan.