Ajay Maken moves SC seeking rehabilitation of Delhi’s slum dwellers along rail tracks before eviction

Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking rehabilitation of inhabitants prior to the removal of 48,000 slum dwellings alongside the railway tracks in Delhi.

On August 31, the top court had directed the removal of 48,000 slum dwellings across railway tracks in Delhi within three months and said there shall not be any kind of political interference in the matter.

The petition filed through advocates Aman Panwar and Nitin Saluja said that the August 31 order directing demolition was passed without hearing a single slum dweller either directly or in representative capacity, the same cannot be sustained.

Ajay Maken in a tweet said, “I have petitioned the Hon’ble Supreme Court against inhuman Order of large scale demolition of slums in Delhi. In a 2019 detailed Judgement, Delhi HC in my PIL, laid down the law that Slum Dwellers have ‘Right to the City’ & cannot be Removed without prior Rehabilitation.”

“Unfortunately, the BJP & AAP Governments have misled the Supreme Court by not informing them about the HC Judgement (Ajay Maken Vs. UOI) and obtained the Order for removal of slums by playing a fraud upon the Court. Now, both of them together are fooling these poor people!,” he added.