Supreme Court Grants Interim Relief, Halts Demolition Drive Near Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi

The Supreme Court of India has issued an interim order directing the maintenance of the status quo on the demolition of alleged encroachments on railway land near the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The bench, comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose, Sanjay Kumar, and SVN Bhatti, granted interim relief to the petitioner, staying the demolition drive until further orders. The court has also issued notices to the respondents involved in the matter.

Senior Advocate Prashanto Chandra Sen, representing the petitioner, highlighted that the demolition of structures began on August 9, affecting people who have been residing there since the 1800s. Advocates Radha Tarkar and Aaron Shaw represented the petitioners.

The petitioner’s plea seeks to halt the ongoing demolition work carried out by railway authorities in Mathura. The petitioner initially filed a civil suit before the Civil Court Senior Division, Mathura, seeking a permanent injunction against the railway authority. However, despite this, the demolition process commenced on August 9.

Following this, on August 10, the Railway Counsel informed the Civil Court that he lacked instructions for the demolition and pledged to provide instructions at a later date. Yet, due to unforeseen circumstances such as court proceedings being suspended in Allahabad following the shooting of an advocate, the petitioner claims that they were unable to pursue the matter further in lower courts.

As a result, the Railway Authority proceeded with the demolition, alleging that the petitioner’s residence was in violation of the railway land, a claim the petitioner disputes. With avenues in the Civil Court and High Court closed, the petitioner has turned to the Supreme Court, urging it to intervene and issue an order to halt the demolition of the structures where they have resided since 1880.

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