Batla House dhobighat demolition: HC gives petitioner 3 weeks to move appropriate forum
The DDA disputed this claim.It prompted the high court to say that whether the present case is related to the Manoj Misra case is an issue for the petitioner to seek clarification during appropriate proceedings.Meanwhile, the petitioners counsel urged the status quo be maintained as the site is still being used by washermen to earn a living, who otherwise face economic difficulties on account of the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-01-2021 14:04 IST | Created: 10-01-2021 14:03 IST
The Delhi High Court has granted three weeks to an organisation to approach an appropriate forum for relief against demolition of the Batla House dhobighat, which is used by washermen here to earn a living. Granting the three-week period to Muslim Kassar Vikas Sangathan, the high court said the Delhi Development Authority will not take any precipitate measure in the meanwhile.
The plea also sought to restrain the DDA from demolishing the existing dhobighat till land is allotted for a new one in the vicinity and it is constructed.
"In the circumstances, the DDA will not take any precipitate measures for 3 weeks, to facilitate the petitioner (organisation) to approach the appropriate forum for redressal and/or, if aggrieved by any orders subsequent orders, to pursue such remedies as may be available in law," Justice Najmi Waziri said disposing of the petition.
The petitioner's counsel, however, submitted that the NGT's order in the Manoj Misra case deals with restoration of the River Yamuna and the floodplains, whereas the existing dhobighat is located 2.5 kilometres from the waters of the river. The DDA disputed this claim.
It prompted the high court to say that whether the present case is related to the Manoj Misra case is an issue for the petitioner to seek clarification during appropriate proceedings.
Meanwhile, the petitioner's counsel urged the status quo be maintained as the site is still being used by washermen to earn a living, who otherwise face economic difficulties on account of the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.
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