SC gives relief to Mayawati govt for Ambedkar Park extension

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New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) The Supreme Court today permitted Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh to demolish a government building in Lucknow for extension of the Ambedkar Park.

A bench comprising Justices H K Sema and Markandey Katju stayed the Allahabad High Court order, dated December 10, 2007 restraining the state government from demolishing any building and also to carry out fresh construction.

The apex court, however, turned down the request of the state government for permission to demolish a sports complex for extension of the Ambedkar Park.

The court directed that the application for permission to demolish the sports complex shall be heard on May 9.

D K Garg, appearing for Gomti Nagar Kalyan Samiti, strongly opposed the plea of Satish Chandra Mishra appearing for the state government for demolition of the sports complex.

Mr Garg told the judges that during mentioning such relief can not be granted without hearing the other party.

Justice Katju said the government can do any thing with a government building including demolishing.

Mr Garg, however, said that the government can not demolish a sports complex which was constructed only two-three years ago with the investment of crores from public money and the state is not the personal property of the politicians.


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