ALAMGARI BAZAR HOUSE DEMOLITION | What happened on spot despite restraint order?

Court asks top authorities to appear and apprise
 J&K High Court, Srinagar
J&K High Court, SrinagarMubashir Khan/GK File

Srinagar: Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar has asked Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to appear before court on December 10 to apprise as to what happened on spot regarding demolition of a structure at Alamgari Bazar here despite restraint ordered by it.   

“This Court has passed an order on 28-07-2022, wherein defendants 08 to 10 (Vice chairman J&K Lake Conservation and Management Authority ( LCMA), Secretary LCMA, Chief Enforcement Officer LCMA) have been temporarily restrained from causing any sort of interference with die possession of the suit property,” the CJM said, adding, “Counsel for the plaintiffs have moved one more application seeking contempt proceedings against the contemnors figuring at serial No. 01 to 03 (Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar).”

The plaintiffs mentioned that despite having knowledge of the Court direction, the “contemnors” proceeded on spot and started the demolition process and demolished the structure which is the subject matter of the suit.

“Counsel for the defendants/ non-applicants is present in the open Court and has accepted the notice in the contempt petition. He has sought time to file statement of facts as far as instant contempt petition is concerned,” the order by CJM reads, adding, “However, in the meantime contemnors figuring at serial No. 01 to 03 shall cause their presence before this Court personally in order to apprise this Court as to what has happened on spot.” The case has been ordered to be listed on December 10.

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