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‘No pleas by political parties,’ SC on CPI(M) petition to stop Shaheen Bagh demolition

CPI(M)’s plea was dismissed after the party withdrew it; the top court asked them to approach the Delhi High Court.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s plea challenging an anti-encroachment drive in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area.

The top court said it would not interfere at “the behest of a political party”. The party was asked to withdraw the petition, following which the apex court dismissed it. The court then asked the petitioners to move the High Court.

CPI(M) had urged for a stay on the demolition for at least two days, to which the court said: “Not at your behest”.

The top court observed: “This is not done. Such removal of encroachments is routine exercise. If we have to look at these matters then we will look at such cases only.”

The court rebuked the CPI(M) for knocking on its doors even before even going to the High Court. “Don’t take shelter under court order just because we are showing interference. There cannot be such petitions in anticipation of action by political parties. Should we look only at demolitions in the country? Why can’t you approach the HC?”

The Supreme Court had last month stayed a demolition drive conducted by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation in Jahangirpuri, Delhi.

Also read: Bulldozers ready to carry out demolition by civic body at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, protests erupt


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