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Shaheen Bagh demolition drive updates: SC refuses to entertain plea filed by CPI (M) against demolition drive

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New Delhi, May 09: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain the Communist Party of India (Marxist) plea against the demolition of buildings in South Delhi including the Shaheen Bagh area.

Locals stage a protest in front of a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) bulldozer at Shaheen Bagh area during an anti-encroachment drive, in New Delhi

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4:49 PM, 9 May
The court also said that it has not given license to anybody to come here to say their house cannot be demolished even if it is unauthorized. “You cannot take shelter of that order,” the Court said.
4:49 PM, 9 May
Solicitor General also apprised the Court that the authorities concerned are following the Delhi HC order itself.
4:49 PM, 9 May
The SC also remarked that it is not seized of all encroachment matters and while hearing matters relating to the Jahangirpuri issue, it had clarified that it can’t pass orders against all encroachments. “We have to strike a balance,” the top Court said.
4:49 PM, 9 May
SC said that if someone is aggrieved, they must come before it. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that facts are being misrepresented as this is a process which has been going on for a long, routine exercise after serving notice.
4:48 PM, 9 May
But the Court said that it cannot interfere in the matter at the behest of a political party as this is not the platform.
4:48 PM, 9 May
Senior Advocate PV Surendranath, appearing for the petitioner, tried to convince the top Court and said that it is in the public interest and not the party’s interest.
4:48 PM, 9 May
Thereafter petitioner sought to withdraw the petition and urged the court to grant liberty to the petitioner to approach the concerned High Court with his grievances. The Supreme Court granted liberty to the petitioner to approach High Court with his grievance and “dismissed the petition as withdrawn.”
4:48 PM, 9 May
A bench of justice L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai asked why the CPI (M) is filing this petition.
2:57 PM, 9 May
Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea filed by CPI (M) against demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. The court has asked the petitioner to approach Delhi High Court in the matter.
2:35 PM, 9 May
The protest caused heavy traffic snarls in Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Jaitpur, Sarita Vihar and Mathura Road among other areas after locals protested in Shaheen Bagh opposing the SDMC's anti-encroachment drive.
2:35 PM, 9 May
Delhi Congress leaders, including party's media cell vice chairman Parvez Alam, were among those detained by the police.
2:34 PM, 9 May
The 'illegal encroachment' i.e. an iron structure or a shuttering or formwork in front of a building was manually removed by the people even as a JCB bulldozer stood by during the proposed demolition drive.
2:33 PM, 9 May
The JCB bulldozer, brought in for Monday's anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh, has now left the area and moved towards Sarita Vihar.
2:19 PM, 9 May
“Today AAP and congress leaders came in front of bulldozers. They have come in support of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. People will teach them a lesson for this. This appeasement politics will not work,” BJP leader Adesh Gupta said.
2:17 PM, 9 May
As a bulldozer rolled in, supporters of the Congress and AAP, including Khan, reached the area. Khan said he had got all illegal structures in the area removed and there werenone now.
1:45 PM, 9 May
Supreme Court has agreed to hear today at 2pm, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) plea against the demolition of buildings in the South Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area, news agency ANI has reported.
1:45 PM, 9 May
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan said there are no illegal encroachment in the Shaheen Bagh area and that he himself had removed all illegal structures. He alleged the civic body and the BJP are playing politics.
1:44 PM, 9 May
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation began a demolition drive today in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, but stopped a while later.
1:42 PM, 9 May
Last week, the CPI(M)'s Delhi unit and Hawkers Union moved the Supreme Court against the south Delhi civic body's demolition drive, terming it a "violation of principles of natural justice, statutes and the Constitution" under the guise of an anti-encroachment drive.
1:42 PM, 9 May
Shaheen Bagh that falls under the central zone of SDMC, was the centre of protests and sit-ins against Citizenship (Amendment) Act in December 2019. The sit-in was called off in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic had struck the city.
1:41 PM, 9 May
The SDMC has prepared a 10-day action plan to remove encroachment from these areas.
1:41 PM, 9 May
South Delhi mayor Mukesh Suryan told ANI that adequate police force is necessary for maintaining law and order in the area during the anti-encroachment drive. People of Delhi support this drive, he added.
1:41 PM, 9 May
"Our workers and officials are ready. Teams and bulldozers have been organised. Encroachments will be removed wherever they are," he further said.
1:41 PM, 9 May
"Municipality will do its work, our workers and officials are ready, teams & bulldozers have been organised. Encroachments will be removed wherever they are, be it in Tughlakabad, Sangam Vihar, New Friends Colony or Shaheen Bagh," Rajpal, chairman of the standing committee of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), central zone, had earlier told news agency ANI.
1:40 PM, 9 May
The civic body's similar proposed drives in the Kalindi Kunj-Jamia Nagar area near Shaheen Bagh and in Sriniwaspuri were cancelled on earlier occasions due to the unavailability of an adequate police force.
1:40 PM, 9 May
Locals were seen sitting on roads and stopping bulldozers that were brought for the demolition drive.

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