Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind moves Supreme Court against governments' alleged act of using bulldozers to raze homes of suspected criminals

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Jamie Ulama-I-Hind has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India against bulldozers being employed to raze the homes of persons allegedly involved in acts of violence.

According to ANI, the report further claims that the organisation has urged the top court to issue appropriate directions to the centre and States that such actions cannot be taken against any accused in any criminal proceedings. The plea further seeks for the court to issue directions that residential premises cannot be demolished as a punitive measure.

The president of Jamiat has tweeted saying that the petitioner has been filed against the dangerous politics of bulldozers that have been started to destroy “minorities especially Muslims under the guise of crime prevention in BJP-ruled states.”

The organisation in their petition has said that there has been an increase in the incidents of demolition of residential and commercial premises by government administration in several states as a ‘punitive measure’ against persons allegedly involved in crime, claims the report. The report states that the petition claims that “a number of minister and legislators, inclusion the Chief Minister and Home Minister of the State of Madhya Pradesh , have made statements advocating such acts and even threatened the minority groups with the minority groups with the destruction of their homes and commercial properties in case of riots.”

The petition claims that such measures are against the constitution and violate the rights of a person. The petitioner further claims that “such measures by the government undermine the criminal justice system of our country, including the important role of the courts. The legal process is hindered by such acts and therefore immediate action is needed in preventing them.” The report claims that the petitioner has urged the apex court to intervene and stop the situation from escalating any further.