SC refuses to intervene in Lucknow eviction drive: ‘Colony in question is built in floodplain area’

THE SUPREME Court on Friday refused to intervene in an eviction drive by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) in the “illegal” Akbar Nagar area of the city.

A two-judge bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta that perused the affidavit and other reports filed by the Authority said, “We are in agreement with the findings recorded by the High Court in the impugned judgment that the colony in question has been constructed in the floodplain area. It’s an accepted and admitted position that the petitioners do not have any documents or title. In fact their claim is based upon adverse possession, etc”.

It added, “in view of the said position, we are not inclined to interfere with the impugned judgment in so far as it directs eviction of the petitioners and demolition of the unauthorised construction made in the floodplain areas.

The court noted that 1818 applications for rehabilitation and allotment of alternate accommodation had been received of which 1032 applications had been scrutinised and found to be eligible and 706 are still under scrutiny.


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