The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to "forthwith stop" all sorts of activities including construction, maintenance and repair work at various memorial sites in Lucknow.
A bench of Justice BN Agrawal and Justice Aftab Alam asked the state government to vacate all the memorial sites by 7 pm on Friday and clear all the construction materials and workers.
The bench passed this stern order while also issuing contempt to court notice to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary seeking his explanation as to why the government continued construction activities at various memorial sites.
The state government had given assurance to the court two days back that no construction activities would be carried out. But news reports said that the activities were on at various memorial sites in Lucknow.