The Allahabad High Court today pulled up Lucknow administration for not fully complying with its directive of unlocking gates of two historical Imambaras and ordered complete compliance by tomorrow.
The HC had ordered opening of Bada Imambara and Chhota Imambara, whose gates had been locked by supporters of Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad on June 5 while demanding sacking of Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi.
The state government had on Thursday last assured the court that the gates of Bada and Chhota Imambaras, both protected monuments of the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI), would be opened before June 29.
The court, on the request of Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal, had adjourned the case till June 29.
During hearing today, Godiyal told the court that Bada Imambara has been opened but the gate of Chhota Imambara could not be opened as some people were “obstructing” it and attempts to negotiate the matter with them have not been successful till date.
Expressing unhappiness over it, the vacation division bench of Justice Arun Tandon and Justice Anil Kumar said, “Whatever may be the attempts that the district authorities are making, we are of the opinion that no person can be permitted to take law into his own hands. The DM must be aware of the powers which are conferred upon him to meet such law and order situation. We need say no further as on date.”
The bench stated this after the complainant Masarrat Hussain told the court that despite its order, the gates of Chhota Imambara could not be unlocked.
The AAG sought some time for the same, which was provided till tomorrow by the court.
The court directed the DM to file an affidavit indicating as to how such a situation has arisen around the Imambadas.
On June 23, the court had directed the DM and ASI Superintendent to open the locks and to ensure peace around the historical monuments.
The Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow bench Tuesday sought details of all the riots that have taken place since the Akhilesh Yadav regime was sworn-in March 15, 2012.
The direction was given to the state government as the court heard a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Nutan Thakur.
The petitioner sought investigation by the Cenral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of all major riots that have taken place after formation of new government, and that a sitting high court judge be inducted in the one-man Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission, set up by the state government to probe the recentg Muzaffarnagar clashes that left 48 dead.
After hearing arguments of petitioner’s counsel Asok Pande, a bench of Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Arvind Kumar Tripathi-II directed the state’s Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal to apprise the court within two weeks on writs on communal riots filed in the Supreme Court and the Allahabad High Court as well.
According to the PIL, the action and policy of the current government and its officials has been such that it shows a definite tilt towards a particular sect.
In all the riots that took place in the last 18 months, the administration shied away from taking action against culprits of that particular sect, it contended, claiming this has resulted in a sense of mistrust in members of the other community, including the petitioner.
The Uttar Pradesh government has been directed by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High court to submit its policy regarding paying of compensation to the family of the murdered persons in the state.
The court has given two weeks time to the UP government to submit its report.
A division bench of court comprising Justices Uma Nath Singh and Satish Chandra gave this order after hearing the arguments of petitioner’s counsel Asoke Pande and Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal.
The court was hearing the PIL filed by social activist Nutan Thakur as regards different compensation amounts being paid by the UP government in different cases of murder.
In the petition, Dr Thakur had prayed that while Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has paid a compensation of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 20 lakh each in Pratapgarh triple murder incidence, it has not given any compensation in other murder cases, including the political murder of Ram Babu Gupta in Tanda, Ambedkarnagar.
The PIL says that this is against the right to equality enshrined in the Indian constitution and the UP Government does not have a right to differentiate cases of murder without sufficient reasons.
Dr Thakur had prayed to direct the UP Government to frame a definite policy for compensation in murder cases. She also prayed to pay compensation of similar amount in all other murder cases that happened recently.