Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:40:34 GMT

HC flays Raj govt over failure to remove illegal encroachments

Jaipur, Nov 19 (PTI) Describing governance in Rajasthan as "jungle raj", a division bench of a high court here came down heavily on the state government today for its selective approach in removing illegal encroachments in city''s Amanishah nullah and asked Chief Secretary C K Mathew to put a time-frame for the removal of remaining encroachments.

The matter was being heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice N K Jain Senior after the state government failed to remove all illegal encroachments from Amanishah nullah and to submit the maps of the region as asked by the court in an earlier hearing.

"Are we in a Jungle raj in Rajasthan? There appears to be no will power of state government to implement court orders.
We are given to understand that the state government is stopping our hand and landing itself in big trouble."
"We know how to get the orders implemented. We fail to understand why the government is having a selective approach in removing some encroachments and leaving others," observed Chief Justice Mishra.

Responding to a query raised by the bench, Senior Advocate and Additional Advocate General R P Singh told the court that its orders were being complied with and there were certain practical problems in its implementation.

"It will take us six more months to clear the remaining encroachments," Singh pleaded, while saying that most of the encroachments had already been removed.

Acting on the directions of the Division Bench, Chief Secretary C K Mathew along with Principal Secretary UDH G S Sandhu, JDA Commissioner Kuldeep Ranka and CEO Nagar Nigam Jagroop Yadav appeared before the bench at 2 PM.

Chief Justice Mishra directed Mathew to file an affidavit by Wednesday clarifying the time frame in which the remaining encroachments will be removed.

"We do not want any clarification on relocation, rehabilitation etc. Our purpose is to see compliance of our order," the bench said.

The bench had earlier on November 9 directed Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) to file all available maps of the Amanishah nullah region from 1982 to 2011 along with maps of Jaipur city prepared by Chief Town Planer in 1982 and onwards by November 19.

But no such maps were filed by the authorities on Monday which forced the court to make such strong remarks.

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