Bulldozers targeted minority community of Jahangirpuri at request of political party, Brinda Karat tells SC

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New Delhi: Head of CPI(M) Brinda Karat Friday filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court in its motion challenging the demolition campaign by the North MCD in Delhi Jahangirpuri.

In his affidavit, Carat alleged that the demolition campaign at Jahangirpuri using bulldozers was just a dishonest exercise of power, targeting a particular minority community, under the guise of suppressing encroachment.

This dishonest act was at the dictate of the political party that governs the municipal corporation, she added.

The former Rajya Sabha MP further said that after being informed of the Supreme Court’s standstill order, she rushed to the Jahangirpuri demolition site where demolition of buildings was underway with all the vigor, and the police and municipal authorities were unwilling to arrest the same.

The Supreme Court had issued an opinion and requested a response from all parties, including whether or not the opinion had been served. Previously, the high court had ordered the status quo for two weeks.

However, Karat mentioned that the demolition was not stopped until around 12:25-12:30 p.m. after he put up fierce resistance and posted his lawyer’s communication regarding the interim order passed by the SC.

As authorities razed several buildings in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri which witnessed communal violence on April 16 during a Hanuman Jayanti procession, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat stood in front of a bulldozer blocking it with a copy a Supreme Court order ordering the authorities to halt the demolition campaign.

Karat had moved the Supreme Court against the Jahangirpuri demolitions in northwest Delhi, saying that under the guise of suppressing encroachment, a discriminatory and arbitrary demolition campaign was being exploited as a “community political game plan”.

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