The Delhi High Court today agreed to hear pleas against the anti-enslavement of the violent Jahangirpuri during the day, but declined to interfere in the process at this stage.
Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi asked the lawyers, citing the reason for urgent placement and relief, to file their petitions, saying: “I am not saying anything (about stopping the demolition) but that they (authorities) should be ready (with instructions).”
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma stated that the Supreme Court has already been seized of the matter.
The acting Chief Justice said the petitions would be heard during the day once they were filed, noting that “there was nothing new” and that the drive was “already in its contemplation”.
“They have now been met with violence. You file it (the petitions),” he said, asking the authorities to be ready with instructions.
The lawyer for one of the injured parties urged the court to “protect” the residents until 2 p.m.
In the wake of the violence, some residents are not in the area and some are in custody, she added.
The area had witnessed violent clashes, including stone-pelting, arson and firing, between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday.
Eight police officers and a neighbor were injured.
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