Srinagar: Observing non-compliance of its directions regarding Sumo stand at TRC here, Jammu and Kashmir High Court asked Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to ensure demolition of a hut and sign board there within a week.
In case of failure, a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar asked the deputy commissioner to remain present before it on next date of hearing on May 29.
On last date of hearing, the court had directed the authorities to ensure no sumo operates from the site and that its land is handed over to J&K Sports Council.
“The implementation of order in letter and spirit has not been carried forward so far,” the bench observed as the case came up before it.
Subsequently, it directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as well as Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to ensure the demolition of a hut and removal of the signboard from the site.
“J&K Sports Council may be provided adequate security so as to enable it to complete the fencing of 33 meter wall and dismantling of hut etc,” the court said, and asked the concerned to do the needful before next date of hearing in the case.
“If needful is not done, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar shall remain present in person,” the court said.
The direction followed submission of an affidavit by Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, indicating that the physical possession of the premises was not handed over to the department and the same be done after availing police help.
During a hearing on April 15, the government had informed the court that the sumo stand has been shifted to Pantha Chowk.
However, the bench had noticed that two huts still exist there and the sumo vehicles were still operating. While one hut was demolished, another still exists there.