Allahabad high court extends stay on Agra demolition drive

  • | Thursday | 28th September, 2023

Agra: The Allahabad high court has granted an extension to the stay order on the demolition drive initiated by the Agra district administration in the Dayalbagh locality, following a plea filed by the Radha Soami Satsang Sabha.On Wednesday, the court directed the district administration, through the state government, and the Satsang Sabha to maintain the status quo until the next hearing on October 5.The Radha Soami Satsang Sabha approached the HC on Monday, alleging the unlawful demolition of properties by the local administration on land under their ownership.SK Nayyar, spokesperson of the Satsang Sabha, said, The Allahabad high court has stayed the demolition drive till further orders. We will not surrender to the dictatorship of the local administration. We have all the necessary documents to prove ownership of the land that local authorities, in connivance with builders, want to grab. They will not be allowed to succeed." On Sunday, around 30 people, including police personnel, a media person and women, sustained injuries in a clash between the police and followers of the Satsang Sabha. The clash erupted when a team from the local administration, accompanied by police personnel, arrived in the Dayalbagh locality to remove "illegal encroachments" by the Satsang Sabha on government land. As a bulldozer approached to dismantle a gate that restricted public access, a group of approximately 200 Satsangis, including women and children, started stone-pelting, police claimed.We also published the following articles recentlyTension erupts in Agra as Satsangis, local admin clashTension escalated in Agra as members of the Radhasoami Satsang Sabha clashed with the local administration, resulting in stone pelting and injuries to police officers. The clash erupted when the administration attempted to remove encroachments by the Satsang Sabha on government land. The Sabha representatives accused the administration of favoring builders and vowed to take legal action. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed support for the Sabha. The demolition exercise has been temporarily halted.Radhasoami land dispute: HC halts demolition drive in AgraThe Radhasoami Satsang Sabha has approached the Allahabad High Court to seek a stay on the demolition drive in Agra. The court has granted the stay until further notice. A clash between Sabha members and the police resulted in injuries to around 30 people, including police personnel and a media representative. The conflict arose when the administration tried to remove illegal encroachments on government land. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has expressed support for the Sabha, accusing the ruling dispensation of favoring land mafias.Gujrat high court refuses to stay Hazare bungalow demolitionThe Gujarat high court has refused to halt the demolition of a bungalow once occupied by cricketer Vijay Hazare. The court criticised the Vadodara-based Heritage Trust for filing a public interest litigation without conducting any research on the buildings history. The trust has demanded that the bungalow be declared a heritage property. Hazares son, Ranjit, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting his intervention to preserve the house and turn it into a cricket museum.

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