Demolition drive stayed, HC orders status quo in Patna’s Nepali Nagar

Residents of Patna’s Nepali Urban area, where officials launched a demolition drive to clear the alleged encroachment, the Patna High Court on Wednesday granted an interim relief, which ordered status quo till further orders and restoration of water and electricity supply in the area. .

The court will hear the case again on July 14.

“On the next date of hearing, District Magistrate, Patna, concerned Circle Officer, Managing Director of Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB), should appear in court in person to assist their advocates in not adjourning the cases. In any case. Considering the fact that these cases are being adjourned, the interim order issued on July 4 A bench of Justice Sandeep Kumar said in its order that the protection has been extended till the disposal of these cases.

After petitioner’s counsel Basant Chaudhary and others submitted that many buildings were partially razed but families were still staying there, their electricity and water connections had been cut off by the authorities, the court granted them relief. Interim action.

“It is directed that the families who are not completely razed and remain there may send the concerned authority for restoration of electricity and water connections, subject to the condition that after due verification, they will be restored. No right will be derived from the interim order of this court as their electricity and water connections have been restored,” the order said.

Advocates Santosh Kumar and Biswas Vijeta have been appointed by the court as amicus curiae in these cases.

Advocate General Lalit Kishore argued for the state government while Pawan Kumar was the counsel for BSHB.

Earlier, the counsel for the petitioner said that demolition was ordered without giving individual notice to each house owner and only a general notice was given in the area.

Last Sunday, locals who have settled in the area for years clashed with the police when they launched an anti-encroachment campaign to free the land claimed by the Bihar State Housing Board.

The protest continued on Monday until the court intervened to stay the demolition operation.

As a large number of houses were built in the area over the years, the issue took on a political overtone. This area falls under Digha Assembly Constituency represented by BJP. Opposition parties also came forward to support the locals.


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