A body of advocates in Prayagaraj has e-mailed a petition to the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court against the demolition of a house of the alleged mastermind of the June 10 violence here by the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA).
The building map of the house of the accused, Javed¬†Ahmad, had not been approved by the PDA, according to an official of the agency.
Five advocates from an association,¬†Zila Adhivakta Manch, claimed in the petition that the owner of the house, demolished on Sunday, was Javed‚Äôs wife Parveen Fatima.
The said house was given to¬†Fatima¬†by her parents before her marriage, so¬†Ahmad¬†had no ownership over the house and on the plot, hence the demolition was against the law, claimed the plea which was e-mailed to the Chief Justice of¬†Allahabad High Court¬†on Sunday.
The petition also said that in order to justify the demolition, the PDA had pasted a notice on the house on June 11, mentioning a show-cause notice of a previous date. Neither¬†Ahmad¬†nor his wife had got the show-cause notice, it claimed.
The petition stated that social worker¬†Ahmad¬†was arrested on the night of June 10, and an FIR was registered against him at¬†Khuldabad¬†police station on June 11.
The advocates, who have filed the petition are¬†KK Rai,¬†Mohammad Saeed¬†Siddiqui, Rajendra Singh,¬†Prabal Pratap,¬†Ravindra Singh, and others.
‚ÄĚJaved Ahmad‚Äôs house ‚ÄĒ¬†JK Ashiyana¬†‚ÄĒ is located in the¬†Kareli¬†area of Prayagraj. Police personnel and a JCB machine reached the¬†Kareli¬†police station around 10.30 am and the demolition commenced around 1 pm,‚ÄĚ a senior PDA official had said on Sunday.
‚ÄĚThe house was built without getting its map passed by the PDA. For this, he was issued a notice on May 10 and was told to present his side on May 24. On the given date, neither Javed nor his lawyer turned up. No document was presented as well, and hence on May 25, demolition orders were issued,‚ÄĚ he said.
Speaking to PTI, Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh¬†Kumar¬†Singh on Sunday had said, ‚ÄĚIn the morning, some of Javed Ahmad‚Äôs family members collected a few of their belongings and left the place through the back door. As of now, no one is inside the house.‚ÄĚ Senior Superintendent of Police, Prayagraj,¬†Ajay¬†Kumar¬†said the estimated value of the house was Rs 5 crore.
During the demolition, he said, the police also searched the house and found many objectionable items which were seized. These will be included in the investigation.
The development comes a day after the illegal properties of two persons accused of rioting were bulldozed in¬†Saharanpur, which witnessed stone pelting on Friday.
According to police, Javed¬†Ahmad¬†is the alleged mastermind of the stone pelting that took place here on June 10 after protests against the controversial remarks on¬†Prophet Mohammad¬†made by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur¬†Sharma¬†spun out of control.
A mob set on fire a few motorcycles and carts and also attempted to set ablaze a police vehicle. Police used tear gas and lathis to disperse the protesters and restore peace. A policeman was injured in the violence.
The protests were also held in at least four other cities of¬†Uttar¬†Pradesh.
The row over the remarks against¬†Prophet Mohammad¬†escalated last week as several¬†Muslim¬†countries denounced them, prompting the BJP to suspend Sharma.