Talking to TOI, state urban development secretary Vinay Choubey said: “We have appointed a sitting judge and all necessary steps would be taken to implement the court’s orders at the earliest.”
The high court on Thursday, while hearing an application filed by the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) which challenged the demolition notices issued by the civic body to hundreds of buildings in Upper Bazar area, had directed that natural justice should prevail in all such cases. The court directed the state government to constitute a tribunal within a week so that the petitioners can be given a chance to challenge the order before the appellate authority.
Upon contact, FJCCI president Praveen Jain Chabra said: “We moved the court as there are buildings which were constructed around 50 years ago when there were no by-laws and the approval of a map wasn’t required. We had appealed to the court to direct the government for bringing in a policy for regularizations. We have been provided with the relief that we can approach the tribunal.”
The civic body issued demolition orders to over 200 buildings after declaring the structures as illegal as they have been constructed without an approval of a map by a competent authority.
Upon contact, a senior RMC official preferring anonymity said that the high court hasn’t put a stay on the orders issued by the civic body for the court appreciated the fact that RMC is a competent enough authority to take decisions in such matters. “We have never said that people who do not agree with the orders cannot approach a higher authority. Instead we have been saying that there is a provision under the Jharkhand municipal act which provides a 30-day period for appeal against the order passed by the civic body. Having said that, the orders passed by us aren’t wrong as the court didn’t say that they were.”