Baba’s Explainer – Demolition of Properties
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Why in News: In the early hours of April 21, a fleet of bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of policemen descended on Jahangirpuri in northwest Delhi to demolish buildings, petty shops, and the entrance gate of a mosque. Soon after the demolitions started, the Supreme Court in an urgent hearing ordered that “status quo” be maintained until further orders.
- The demolition drive was initiated to demolish the “illegal constructions” of the rioters in Jahangirpuri.
- Communal violence had broken out in the area on April 16 when a Hanuman Jayanti Shobha Yatra (which did not have police permission) clashed with Muslims as it went alongside the mosque.
- Similar riot incidents, in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and Khambhat in Gujarat had taken place, where processions during Ram Navami led to communal flare-ups.
- There is growing trend of demolition of the property of supposed criminals by government agencies where it becomes necessary to examine the legality of such actions.
Mains Practice Question – Can the State demolish property of offenders as punishment for criminal offences? Discuss.
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