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Court stays Uttar Pradesh government's demolition order

IANS  Lucknow, August 08, 2009
First Published: 20:14 IST(8/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(8/8/2009)

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Saturday restrained the Uttar Pradesh government from acquiring a private property on the city's posh Mall Avenue allegedly for merging it with huge chunks of land acquired in its neighbourhood in the name of different in-house outfits of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

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The petitioner alleged intimidation by officials of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), who had reportedly made a futile attempt to run a bulldozer over the boundary wall of the bungalow, situated in the state capital's most prestigious locality.

Even though it was a court holiday, a special two-judge bench comprising Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice Anil Kumar heard the petition at the former's residence.

The bench took serious note of the arbitrariness with which the century-old lease of the petitioner was cancelled.

While staying the demolition order, the court has fixed Aug 13 for the next hearing.

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