Apex court orders restoration of tin fencing around Sahara City

June 25th, 2008 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered restoration of tin fencing around the Sahara group’s Sahara City in Lucknow, pulled down by the Uttar Pradesh government Monday evening. A bench of Justice Altmas Kabir and Justice G.S. Singhvi also appointed senior advocate Nageshwar Rao as court’s special officer to supervise the restoration of tin fencing around the campus at Gomati Nagar, being developed by the real estate wing of the Sahara business group.

The restoration of tin fencing would be undertaken June 28-29 under the supervision of advocate Rao.

While passing the brief order, the bench disposed of all lawsuits pending before it in this connection and asked the Allahabad High Court to expeditiously resolve the Sahara City demolition row.

The row had been triggered last week when the Lucknow Development Authority last week demolished parts of the fencing saying the City was being developed illegally.

The bench also asked both parties, the state government and the Sahara group, to help the court in resolving the row expeditiously and not to seek unnecessary adjournments in the matter.

The lawsuits disposed of by the apex court, included the two petitions filed Tuesday by the state government and the Sahara group, accusing each other of violating the apex court’s status quo order of Monday.

Each of the two parties had pleaded that the apex court launch contempt-of-court proceedings against the other alleging that it had violated the court’s order.

The Sahara group had contended that government officials had pulled down the tin fencing despite the court’s order in force against undertaking any demolition.

The state government, on the other hand, alleged that the business house had erected the tin fencing Monday despite the apex court barring it from undertaking any construction activity.

The apex court also disposed of the original petition filed by the state government challenging an Allahabad high court order, which had barred it from undertaking demolition and had ordered restoration of land to the business house.

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