Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi ordered an inquiry on Tuesday to probe allegations that the Chandigarh estate office on Monday had razed a religious structure in Sector 50 despite a court stay order.
The estate authorities had demolished the ashram Monday, which was constructed on a government land measuring around 2 kanals. Tehsildar Amrinder Singh, who led the drive, said the ashram was in a permanent structure.
- Bombay High Court orders salary cut for top officials for inaction on illegal religious structures
- Deduct Re 1 per day from salaries of top state officials: Bombay High Court
- Kasauli: Demolition work in 4 hotels outsourced to private players
- Corporator complains against colleague over ‘illegal construction’, Bombay HC asks state to take action
- Estate officials raze ashram in Sector 50 Chandigarh
- High Court summons Shayin to explain demolition of building
“The structure was constructed on a government land, which is already acquired by the administration for expansion of road,” he said.
Talking to mediapersons, Joshi said that all due process was followed before razing the structure. He further said that inquiry has been marked to ascertain the allegations that structure was demolished despite a stay order from the lower court.
Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Sector 50 condemned the action of the Chandigarh administration in carrying out demolition of the temple of Shiv Shakti Nagli ashram in Sector 50.
The act of the administration is deplorable in view of the fact that the managing body of the temple had obtained a stay order from the court that ordered that status quo be maintained in the demolition case of the ashram in colony no. 5.
Satish Chandra Sharma, general secretary of the sabha, condemned the action of the administration despite court orders of stay and has appealed to the Sanatan Dharam Sabhas of the Sectors and the Sanatan Parv Sabha, an apex body of the temples in the city to join for a strong protest on Wednesday.
High drama was witnessed on Tuesday when inmates and followers of the ashram staged a protest and also blocked the