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The Maws Of Justice: Demolishing The Principles Of Natural Justice

Legal experts say politically motivated demolition drives threaten rule of law and principles of natural justice

The Maws Of Justice: Demolishing The Principles Of Natural Justice
Illustration by Saahil

On April 20, Block C in the national cap­ital’s Jahangirpuri—which literally sits on a garbage dump yard—was in the media focus. Many inhabitants woke up to the noise of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) bulldozers rolling into their locality, followed by media OB vans. While the demolit­ion drive was underway, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat defiantly blocked a bulldozer as she waved a copy of a stay order by the Supreme Court. A few metres away, Ganesh Gupta, owner of a partly demolis­hed two-floor structure from where he ran a juice shop, lamented in front of cameras: “My shop wasn’t illegal.” Aggrieved inhabitants rued that notices were not issued to them by mun­ic­ipal authorities before the “anti-encro­a­chment drive” was carried out.

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