Saturday, August 9, 2014

HC gives nod for demolition of old court building at Bhadra

Gujarat high court on Friday gave green signal for demolition of the old court building at Bhadra, which also forms a part of Mughal-era monument Azam Khan's sarai, to make way for a multi-storied court building in the centre of the city.

Rejecting a PIL filed by advocate I M Khan, the HC permitted demolition outside the protected monument of Bhadra Fort. The HC junked the PIL after the Centre said that the structure sought to be protected by the petitioner is not a listed monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Moreover, it was also submitted that the proposed structure is outside the 100-metre prohibited area from the nearest listed monument.

However, it was also made clear by the authorities that the main structure of Azam Khan's Sarai will not be disturbed by the proposed construction.

Khan's PIL claimed that the court is just a part of the Mughal-era structure and it should not be pulled down. He also claimed that the demolition and construction projects at Bhadra court do not have adequate permission from the National Monument Authority.

The HC, however, has stayed demolition for two weeks after the petitioner sought time to move the Supreme Court.

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