Explain ongoing construction at jail premises: SC to UP Govt

The Supreme Court today sought an explanation from the Mayawati government for allegedly constructing unauthorized structures at the old jail premises in Lucknow in violation of its order.

Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 19:29 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought
an explanation from the Mayawati government for allegedly
constructing unauthorized structures at the old jail premises
in Lucknow in violation of its order.

A Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and A R Dave rejected
the U P government`s plea that it was only constructing
boundary walls and public utilities.

"Photographs show many structures. It looks like a dam
site. Why are you wasting so much of cement and steel if they
are meant only for a boundary wall?" asked Justice Sathasivam
who is heading the Bench.

The Bench made it clear that it was not convinced by
the arguments of senior counsel Krishan Venugopal, appearing
for the state government, that construction pertained to only
public utilities.

"We are not able to accept it that it is a boundary
wall, you have to explain the present position, the way in
which material is dumped shows that they are constructing a
huge structure. You cannot bypass our order," the Bench
observed.

The apex court, while passing the observation asked
the state government to file an affidavit within two weeks to
explain the charge that unauthorized construction was being
made over the 195 acre land of the old jail premises.

It passed the order on an application moved by an
advocate, Sangam Lal Pandey, accusing Mayawati government of
violating the apex court`s earlier directions that there shall
be no construction of monuments/structure at the place.

According to Pandey, the apex court had on September
8, 2009 and again on 6 November, 2009 by separate orders
restrained the state government from constructing any
monuments or memorials at the place.

The UP government has taken the stand that it was not
constructing any memorial but only boundary walls/public
utilities for the proposed Eco-park at the sprawling 195 acre
old jail premises.

PTI