On 31-08-2020, Bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra, Justice B.R. Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari exercising plenary power under Article 142 of the Constitution of India, directed for removal of 42000 Jhuggies in Delhi.
The Supreme Court was hearing an application filed in the MC Mehta case relating to Delhi pollution matters after
the Indian Railways informed the court that despite a Special Task Force constituted to remove encroachments,
political interference was coming in the way of getting the Jhuggies removed.
An order for removal of all encroachments passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 1, 2018, had led to the formation of the task force. [Read Here]
The court observed on the last date that the existence of Jhuggies
in Delhi along with 140km route length of railway track in the region of NCT of Delhi is affecting the 70KM long railway track, as such it was directed to be removed.
The order lead to hue and cry amongst the resident of Jhuggies and filing of several interlocutory application before the Supreme Court, which was listed today.
Today when the matter was taken up before the Bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna
and Justice V. Ramasubramanian,
the Solicitor GeneGenerall appearing on behalf of the Union of India submitted that the Ministry of Railways,
the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Government of Delhi are going to decide on the issue raised
in the interlocutory applications and till then they will not take any coercive action against the slum dwellers
Considering the above statement, the court adjourned the matter for 4 weeks.