The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh during the hearing of a PIL filed by a Dehradun-based journalist.
The court directed the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) and state functionaries to remove all illegal encroachments on public footpaths, streets and roads.
It asked the Uttarakhand chief secretary to form a nodal agency to initiate disciplinary proceedings and impose penalty against officers during whose tenure government, municipal and forest land were encroached upon.
The Bench also took strict view of people who took advantage of rehabilitation policies, but did not surrender their shops at the erstwhile places. Justices Sharma and Singh ordered that their new leases be cancelled and the municipal functionaries should take over the shops and auction them again in accordance with the law.
News credit: TribuneIndia