Jehangir Hotel canopy demolition

Jehangir Hotel canopy demolition
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Court gives officials 11 days to reply to hotelier complaint

SRINAGAR: A local court on Monday granted Srinagar Municipal Corporation and traffic officials 11 days to reply to the petition filed by Jehagir Hotel against officials for demolition of canopy at its entrance.
The government counsel had sought four weeks time to reply to the petition which the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar disallowed.
The hotelier, Shabir Ahmad Rangrez, through his counsel has pleaded for initiation of contempt proceedings against the IGP traffic Basant Rath, SMC commissioner, SHO Shaheed Gunj and others.
Rangrez’s counsel, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan pleaded contempt proceedings may be initiated against the SHO Shaheed Gunj for not obeying the orders of the court in letter and spirit. He said that police was trying to dilute the matter by making “unwarranted” enquiry of the revenue record and permission granted by the Municipality.
He said that FIR till date has not been registered by the said police station “which amounts to observance of the order of the court in breach”.
“The contemnors are guilty of showing disrespect to the command issued by the court which amounts to gross abuse of process of law on their part aimed at depriving the petitioner from the protection which is available to them in terms of law” Khan said.
The hotelier contends that by virtue of a court order issued earlier in the suit, the authorities were directed not to damage the property of the plaintiff.
The prime argument of the counsel for the petitioner was the property has validly existed at the site having permission from SMC authorities and situated on propriety land.
The next hearing for case has been listed for July 6.