Supreme Court asks LDA not to demolish Sahara Sahar

June 23rd, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Lucknow, June 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court today asked the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) not to demolition Sahara Groups commercial property in Lucknow Sahara Sahar.

The bench also issued notice to Sahara not to undertake any construction.

The LDA in its petition contended that the Sahara India Commercial Corporation Limited (SICCL) had flouted the mandatory provisions of the UP Urban Planning and Development Act, 1973 and raised unauthorised constructions over carved zonal roads without its permission.

The petition also said the illegal acts of the company deprived the common people from free access to the area.

The Special Leave Petition filed through advocate G Venkateswara Rao further alleged that Sahara had approached the Allahabad High Court concealing vital facts so as to succeed in its evil design of grabbing public property.

The government said the company on June 13 had agreed to remove certain encroachments on both zonal roads, which are a part of the Master Plan 2021.

The government also said that the Sahara Group had itself demolished the encroachments after 10.30 pm on June 17 by using its own people and machinery.

The LDA officials said it had leased 130 acres of land to the company for residential and commercial purposes in October 1994 and 140 acres for the green belt in 1995.

The state government had appealed to the Supreme Court on June 20 after the Allahabad High Court rebuked the LDA for demolishing the outer walls, the auditorium and the watchtower of Sahara Sahar without prior notice.

The High Court also had asked the government to restore possession of the land to the company, after the Sahara Group knocked at its doors. (ANI)

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