The Allahabad High Court on Monday issued notices to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Javed Usmani and top officials of Greater Noida administration on a contempt petition,alleging that construction of a mall in Greater Noida was on despite a stay by the court.
The High Court had ordered stay in the matter on July 4. The court has given six weeks to the respondents to file their replies.
A single-judge Bench of Justice Vikram Nath issued the notices while hearing the contempt petition of Bulli,a farmer from Gharbara village in Greater Noida,where the mall is being constructed over an area of 1,01,175 square metres.
Apart from the Chief Secretary,notices were issued to District Magistrate (Gautam Budh Nagar) M K S Sundaram,Chief Executive Officer (Greater Noida Authority) Rama Raman and R C Soni,the director of the private company involved in construction of mall.
Shiv Kant Mishra,counsel for the petitioner,said: The contempt petition has been filed because construction of the mall is still continuing,though the petitioners had provided a copy of the High Courts stay order to the respondents.
Earlier,Bulli and his brother Sulla,along with other Gharbara villagers,had filed a petition in the High Court alleging that the builders of the mall were encroaching upon their land. Following this,the court had stayed construction of the mall.
The petitioners demanded CBI probe into the allotment and quashing of the lease deed through which land was given the private builder on March 23,2005.
At that point,the land belonged to farmers and acquisition proceedings had not even begun. Therefore,it was illegal on the part of the (Greater Noida) Authority to allot it to a private party, Mishra said. He said only 75,000 square metres were acquired by the Authority in October 2005. It was alleged that the private builder continued to encroach upon the unacquired land for constructing the mall.
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