Lawyers’ group moves Allahabad HC against razing of violence accused’s house

A group of lawyers has approached the Allahabad High Court against the demolition of the house of Javed Ahmad, the alleged mastermind of the violence that took place following Friday prayers on June 10 here.

Violence had taken place in parts of the state following a row over now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks against Prophet Mohammed.

The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) had demolished Ahmad’s house on Sunday, with an official of the agency saying the building plan of the structure had not been approved by the PDA. The move came a day after the authorities bulldozed two houses of violence accused in Saharanpur.

Five advocates belonging to the Zila Adhivakta Manch claimed in their petition to the Allahabad High Court chief justice that the house demolished on Sunday was owned by Javed’s wife Parveen Fatima.

The house was given to Fatima by her parents before her marriage, so Ahmad had no ownership over it and on the plot, hence the demolition was against the law, claimed the plea which was e-mailed to the chief justice.

The petition said to justify the demolition, the PDA pasted a notice on the house on June 11, mentioning about a show-cause notice of a previous date. Neither Ahmad nor his wife had got the show-cause notice, it claimed.

The petition said “social worker” Ahmad was arrested on June 10 night and an FIR registered against him a day later. The advocates who filed the petition are KK Rai, Mohammad Saeed Siddiqui, Rajvendra Singh, Prabal Pratap and Ravindra Singh.

An official had claimed that the house was built without getting its map approved by the PDA, for which a notice was issued by them last month and Ahmad was told to present his side on May 25.

“On the given date, neither Javed nor his lawyer turned up. No document was presented. Hence, on May 25, demolition orders were issued,” he said.

According to police, Ahmad is the alleged mastermind of the stone pelting that took place in Prayagraj on June 10 after protests against Nupur Sharma’s remarks.

A mob set on fire a few motorcycles and carts and also attempted to set ablaze a police vehicle. Police used tear gas and lathis to disperse the protesters and restore peace. A policeman was injured in the violence.

The protests were also held in at least four other cities of Uttar Pradesh.
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