No immediate demolition of jhuggis near Delhi Railway tracks: Centre tells SC

The Central government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that no slums will be demolished near the rail tracks as the Railways is discussing this issue with the Delhi government and the Ministry of Urban Development to find a solution.

The solicitor told the bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde that no jhuggi will be removed or demolished until the Railways in consultation with the Ministry of Urban Development discuss and find a solution.

The submission was made in a plea filed by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken, challenging the Supreme Court order on August 31, for the demolition of nearly 48,000 jhuggis alongside the railway tracks in Delhi.

After hearing the submissions, the bench adjourned the hearing on the matter for four weeks.

Ajay Maken took to the twitter account and tweeted, “‘No Jhuggis to be removed till Delhi Govt takes decision in consultation with Centre, Solicitor General informs SupremeCourt’ Thanks @DrAMSinghvi @amanpanwar for representing our case in Apex Court! Will continue to fight for justice of Slum dwellers!”

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.

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

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.