Notice before demolition must: High Court

A division bench of the High Court are not inclined to take up the issues suo moto

Hyderabad: Justice Ramesh Ranganathan of the Hyderabad HC on Tuesday directed the GHMC authorities to issue notices to the owners before demolishing alleged illegal structures in Gurukul Ghatkesar Trust land at Madhapur.

The judge was dealing lunch motions filed by several property owners who were worried that their properties in the Ayyappa Society too may be demolished. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the GHMC authorities took up a massive demolition drive without prior notice.

However, the counsel for the GHMC said that the authorities are only taking steps against unauthorised structures, and they have not touched the structures of the petitioners. The judge directed GHMC to follow the due procedure before taking up the demolition.

Meanwhile, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar of the High Court is not inclined to take up the issues suo moto. The GHMC authorities started demolishing the structures on Tuesday after a review meeting by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday regarding protection of the Gurukul Trust lands.

P.V. Krishnaiah, a practising advocate of the High Court, urged the Chief Justice to take up the case suo motto. The CJ, expressing his disinclination to take up the matter suo motto, told the advocate if he files the petition then he will examine the matter.

( Source : dc )
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