JSM accuses civic body of ignoring apex court order

Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) has said the ‘hasty’ decision of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to allot residential accommodations under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission...

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 19, 2009 1:25 am

Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) has said the ‘hasty’ decision of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to allot residential accommodations under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to only those people whose hutments existed before 1976,is ‘unwarranted’. The city-based public forum has alleged that it amounts to contempt of the Supreme Court order.

JSM representative and advocate Subramniam Iyer,who is fighting the cases of the slum dwellers in the apex court,said on Tuesday that the decision was taken even as cases were pending before the court. Moreover,the SC by its order on January 23,2009 had directed to maintain status quo,as the case was listed for hearing on February 23.

“So,the decision is not only arbitrary and malafide,it also amounts to contempt of the orders of the Supreme Court,” he said.

Giving background of the case,Iyer said the AMC in July 1976 had devised a policy to allot alternate housing land to dwellers whose hutments existed before December 1976.

However,as the city limits grew owing to merger of surrounding villages in the municipal area,a large number of slum areas also got incorporated.

Due to this,the AMC standing committee in June 2005 decided to extend the cut off date to December 1995. According to the standing committee’s resolution,no slum dwellers — whose hutments existed prior to December 1995 — would be evicted without providing them alternate land and it was agreed to by both the ruling and the opposition parties in the AMC.

The municipal commissioner in January 2006,however,recommended the state government to suspend this resolution. On June 23,2006,the government suspended it.

JSM challenged it in the Gujarat High Court and the latter on November 21,2008,ordered the government to take a final decision in the matter within four months.

Later,the JSM moved the Supreme Court and the court on January 23,2009 ordered to maintain status quo.

Iyer said that in this backdrop,the decision of the standing committee spoke volumes about their ‘malafide intention and their disrespect to the apex court’.

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