State quashes Maya’s ‘demolition policy’

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday decided to quash an order,and its amendment,passed under the Mayawati regime in 2008,which dealt with the demolition of state-owned buildings to make way for the erstwhile chief minister’s dream project.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:October 4, 2013 3:21 am

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday decided to quash an order,and its amendment,passed under the Mayawati regime in 2008,which dealt with the demolition of state-owned buildings to make way for the erstwhile chief minister’s dream project.

The order dated March 26,2008,along with its amendment three years later on Spetember 26,2011,had allowed for the demolition of Parikalp Nagar colony of Irrigation Department to advance Mayawati’s dream project,Budh Vihar Shanti Upvan.

The quashing of the two orders came on the recommendation of the SAT Rizvi Commission’s report.

The cabinet,while passing the order,has also decided to initiate an inquiry into a senior government official’s role,which facilitated the passing of the orders through an affidavit justifying the demolition.

“Apart from quashing the two orders,the government will initiate inquiry against an officer who filed an affidavit in the court justifying the demolition policy. The inquiry should reveal on whose directive and under whose authority did this officer file the affidavit,” Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani said.

Usmani,however,refused to name the officer against whom the inquiry has been ordered.

The SAT Rizvi Commission,set up in 2012 to probe the demolition,“found that the orders were arbitarory and full of anomalies”,the chief secretary added.

Flats belonging to officials and engineers of the Central Design Directorate of Irrigation Department were demolished on November 21,2008,without giving the officials enough time to even shift some of the preserved documents kept in its archive.

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