The Bombay high court has slammed the local political leaders who have allegedly been obstructing the demolition of illegal buildings in Digha, as ordered by the court.During the hearing on Wednesday, the court asked who is orchestrating the protests in the area. It then ordered the authorities to submit the names of the political leaders who were opposing demolitions.
The Digha illegal buildings case is being heard before the bench of Justice Abhay Oak and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai.The bench has ordered the demolition of 99 buildings in the area which have illegally built on government land.
According to a residents who was present in the court, the bench asked why protesters blocked tracks recently against the demolition drive. It asked if such opposition to the court order doesn’t amount to contempt of court.
The court ordered the authorities to submit names of the politicians who had instigated residents to agitate. It also asked for a report on what steps the government had taken so far on the issue and what action had been taken against the protesters.
The court asked the government to submit its stand on the illegal buildings and demolition issue. A civic official said, “The court ordered that full security be given to the squad conducting the demolition drive.”
He added, “The court also stated that while MIDC has indicated that it is ready to regularise the buildings on its land, Cidco and NMMC have not yet stated their stand.”
No politician was ready to speak on the issue. In the first week of this month, encroachments spread over a 5,000 sqm plot at Yadav Nagar area in Digha were removed.