50,000 people cannot be removed overnight, the SC rules in Haldwani

Publish Date: 05 Jan, 2023 |

The High Court's directive to clear encroachments in Haldwani has been put on hold by the Supreme Court. Additionally, the SC has given the Uttarakhand government a notice. The court ruled that 50,000 people could not be evacuated in under seven days. 50 000 people have received temporary respite from the court until further orders. According to the Supreme Court, it is a matter of purchasing and selling land. The court has questioned the Railways on a number of occasions, including whether plans are in place for the rehabilitation of those who have settled there if the encroachment is removed.

What was the statement isssued by Supreme court?

The Supreme Court's Jabal Judge Bench stated during the case hearing that the High Court had granted a relatively brief period of time—7 days—to remove the encroachments and leave the homes. Everyone involved in this situation needs to keep the human element in mind. In its comment, the court stated that evicting 50,000 individuals overnight is not feasible. The Uttarakhand High Court issued an order on December 20, 2022, prohibiting Banbhulpura and the surrounding region from encroaching on 78 acres of railway land. 

The court gave the villagers seven days to leave their homes or they will be destroyed by bulldozers. Approximately 50,000 persons were impacted by this choice. Sumit Hridayesh, a Congress MLA, appealed the High Court's ruling to the Supreme Court. Salman Khurshid, a seasoned lawyer, presented the argument. While requesting an immediate stay of the order, the Supreme Court has sent notices to the Indian Railways and the Government of Uttarakhand.


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