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Illegal Religious Structures: HC Orders Deduction of Re 1 from Babus' Salaries

The court directed deduction from the salaries of principal secretary, Urban Development; the secretaries of Revenue, Forest and Home Departments, chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and the Nagpur municipal commissioner.

PTI

Updated:July 6, 2018, 8:29 AM IST
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Illegal Religious Structures: HC Orders Deduction of Re 1 from Babus' Salaries
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Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the state government to deduct Re 1 per day, until the next hearing, from the salaries of some senior bureaucrats for their failure to submit an action plan for removal of illegal religious structures in the city.

The court directed deduction from the salaries of principal secretary, Urban Development; the secretaries of Revenue, Forest and Home Departments, chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and the Nagpur municipal commissioner, said Advocate Firdous Mirza.

Mirza appeared for Manmohan Khorgade and Gajanan Zade who have filed a public interest litigation seeking removal of all illegal religious structures from roads and other public lands.

The bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Z A Haq was today hearing intervention applications of trustees of some religious structures against proposed demolition, Mirza told PTI.

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation informed the court that it had issued demolition notices to illegal religious shrines and other structures, Mirza said.

He, however, pointed out that the court had directed the authorities to submit an action plan for removal of illegal structures from roads, but no action plan has been submitted yet, Mirza said.

The authorities instead started removing illegal structures standing in the residential areas, which caused resentment among people, he said.

The court then adjourned the matter for two weeks, while ordering deduction of Re 1 per day from the salaries of senior bureaucrats till further hearing, he said.

Government lawyers could not be contacted for comments.
| Edited by: Sana Fazili
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