SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has sought particulars from divisional commissioner Kashmir for initiating contempt proceedings against those who have raised illegal constructions in and around Dal Lake, one of the endangered water bodies in Kashmir Valley.
A number of constructions have been raised in the prohibited areas owing to the present (unrest) and police has registered 8 FIRs against the violators, Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie informed a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation.
The bench directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to issue a public notice within two days in print media and electronic media, informing all the people not to violate the court orders in order to avoid action for contempt of the court.
“The people be informed that any construction raised in violation of the court orders and statutes will result in their demolition, besides, such violations will be punished for committing contempt of the court,” the bench said.
It also directed division commissioner to ensure that information about such illegal activities should be brought into the notice of the court’s Registrar Judicial along with the particulars of the violators.
On receiving the information from the divisional commissioner, the court directed the Registrar Judicial to issue notice to the violators through concerned police stations, asking them to show cause as to why they shall not be punished for committing contempt of court.
The advocate general’s submissions were in compliance to the court’s directions last week for ensuring implementation of its directions against encroachments and allowing building materials in and around Lake, a flagship of Kashmir’s tourism.
The court had passed the directions after being informed that some unscrupulous people were taking undue advantage of the unrest in raising constructions in violation of court orders.
With regard to mechanism to prevent illegal construction during the prevailing situation, the advocate general apprised the court that enforcement wing of LAWDA was fully functional.
To a query by the court as to what action has been taken with the illegal constructions after filing of the FIRs, the advocate general submitted that two of them have been demolished and others have been marked and action will be taken soon.
The court fixed the next hearing of the PIL in the week commencing from August 15.