The country’s largest court has provided great relief to thousands of people distressed by the fear of being evicted at night in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on the Uttarakhand High Court’s order, saying that you cannot evict 50,000 people at night. The court has ordered the next hearing in the case on February 7 and has also imposed a ban on any new construction or development in this area.
The Uttarakhand High Court issued an order in December 2022 to evict thousands of homes built on railway land in Haldwani, causing turmoil in the entire area. For several days, thousands of people in the area, including a large number of women and children, have been trying to draw attention to their distress by taking to the streets. The High Court instructed officials in its order to evict the thousands of homes built by encroaching on railway land in Haldwani and clear the land. It is reported that over 4,300 encroachments are to be removed under the court’s order.
The Uttarakhand High Court had ordered the eviction of encroachments on railway land in the Banbhulapura area of Haldwani in its order of December 20. The High Court had given residents of the area a week’s notice to clear the land. Following this, on January 2, the residents of the area, led by Congress legislator Sumeet Hridayesh, filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s order. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan also submitted a petition in the Supreme Court on January 4 requesting a stay on the eviction of over 5,000 homes, in which thousands of people live, in Haldwani. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case in the matter of the eviction of thousands of homes in the Banbhulapura area of Haldwani.