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AP-Telangana battle gets personal: GHMC demolishes AP DGP’s house

Deepening the acrimony between the AP and TS governments, the Greater Hyderabad Telangana High Court ensured demolition of a portion of AP DGP’s house at Prashasan Nagar in Jubilee Hills, stating that the top cop had encroached a part of the GHMC park land, adjacent to his house.
 
The DGP employed workers for the demolition after receiving notices regarding the same for a third time, despite securing a status quo order from the High Court earlier in the day.  The GHMC officials said that the DGP built the compound wall of his house in the park land. They also told the court that the DGP got approval for building G+1 but built a three-storeyed building, which he later got regularised. 
 
Taking strong cognisance of the demolition matter, the High Court faulted the GHMC officials for ordering the DGP to remove the encroachment within 24 hours even when dragging their feet with regard to other land sharks. 
 
The court ordered that the DGP be given at least a week’s time to act on the issue, as per the Supreme Court’s directive. Further, the court told the GHMC officials to do whatever they wanted within the purview of their power and in a fair manner. 
 
A bench of Justices, Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice T. Amarnath Goud, gave the interim order while hearing a PIL filed by YSRC leader Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, who questioned the delay in action of the GHMC in removing encroachments on public land. Thakur’s counsel V. Pattabhi insisted for an urgent hearing stating that the GHMC has been threatening to demolish his client’s house, since the PIL was filed. The bench took up the matter in the afternoon session.
 
The GHMC officials told they were forced to swing into action as they had already issued two notices to which there was no action. To this the DGP’s counsel countered that instead of responding to the two notices earlier, they had moved the city civil court and obtained injunction against the GHMC. 
 
“We submitted the proofs in the case and the city civil court dismissed Thakur’s case. It was only after that the DGP removed the illegal structure.  There are more structures raised by the DGP in the park,” the GHMC advocate said. 
 
Responding to this, the High Court said that “the GHMC has to be reasonable in its approach and not insensitive. We give people who committed heinous crimes one week to respond. Why couldn’t you wait a week,” asked the Bench of Justices, reprimanding the GHMC for their attitude in dealing with the case. 
 
The matter has been posted for further hearing on March 11.

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