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Apprehending demolition Former Minister files suit against JMC

Special Municipal Magistrate issued notice to JMC

Rouf Pampori

Rouf Pampori

5 Dariya News

Jammu , 16 Jan 2016

The miseries of Former Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla regarding the demolition notice issued by Jammu Municipal Corporation today further compounded when the Jammu Municipal Corporation planned to demolish the major violations in the residential house of the Former Revenue Minister today at 10:30 AM and with a view to get some respite, Raman Bhalla hurriedly filed a civil suit in the Court of Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate, Jammu for restraining Jammu Municipal Corporation from demolishing his residential house situated at Village Deeli, District Jammu.Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate Jammu M.R. Chak after hearing Advocate Amit Chopra appearing for Former Revenue Minister issued notices to the Commissioner JMC, Joint Commissioner (Adm) JMC, Naresh Kumar Khilafwarzi Inspector JMC and Kamini Kesar Chief Khilafwarzi Officer JMC as to why the relief prayed for in the application for temporary injunction be not granted in favour of Raman Bhalla.

Advocate Sachin Gupta Standing Counsel for Jammu Municipal Corporation appeared for JMC and sought time to file written statement/objections to the application for interim relief. However Advocate Amit Chopra according to CNS pressed for interim relief which was strenuously opposed by Advocate Sachin Gupta who submitted that matter is already pending before the J&K High Court where the writ petition of Raman Bhalla is coming up for hearing on Monday before the Vacation Judge.After hearing both the sides, Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate Jammu M.R. Chak granted time to Advocate Sachin Gupta for filing written statement/objections to the suit filed by Raman Bhalla and fixed the matter for January, 19, 2016 for further proceedings.In the civil suit the plaintiff Raman Bhalla has alleged that despite the pendency of the matter before two forums i.e. J&K High Court and J&K Special Tribunal, to his utter surprise the JMC is hell bent to take law in its hands and is going to demolish his entire residential house taking advantage of the non-listing of the matter before the High Court and JMC has even approached SSP Jammu in writing seeking police assistance for carrying out the demolition of the residential house on Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Raman Bhalla has also alleged in his suit that yesterday the officials of JMC came to his house and directed him and his family to vacate the house by tomorrow as they will commence the demolition process by 10:30 AM on Saturday. The plaintiff has further alleged that he immediately approached the office of JMC and apprised that matter is sub-judice before the Courts and propriety demanded that till the outcome of lis before the courts, the JMC should refrain from taking demolition process against his residential house but his request was flatly turned down.The plaintiff Raman Bhalla has further alleged that since JMC did not agree to postpone the demolition of his residential house he had no option except to approach the Civil Court for restraining JMC from carrying out demolition of his residential house.

It is worthwhile to mention herein that Anti-Corruption Crusader Prof. S.K. Bhalla on a RTI expose compelled the JMC to issue demolition notice to the Former Revenue Minister who has constructed a palatial house at Deeli, District Jammu and while raising the construction violated the approved plan and on first floor raised illegal construction to the tune of 1724 sqft and on ground floor raised illegal construction to the tune of 1134 sqft and did not leave mandatory side set backs. The J&K High Court in a writ petition filed by Prof. S.K. Bhalla took a serious note regarding the in-action of the Jammu Municipal Corporation for not proceeding against the former Revenue Minister despite violating the approved plan and on December, 3, 2015 directed Commissioner JMC to take action warranted under law against Former Revenue Minister with regard to alleged major violations in construction of the residential house. The High Court had also directed Commissioner JMC to file an Action Taken Report in the matter within three weeks. (CNS)


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