Congress MP urges CJ of Gauhati HC to initiate suo-moto cognizance of eviction drives amid pandemic
Guwahati: Congress MP Abdul Khaleque on Wednesday appealed to Gauhati High Court Chief Justice to initiate suo motu cognizance of the recent eviction of 95 families in two districts (Sonitpur and Hojai) of Assam in violation of the court’s order amid the pandemic.
The Lok Sabha MP claimed that the both Sonitpur and Hojai district administrations have violated the High Court order and carried out an eviction drive at Jamugurihat (Sonitpur) and Kaki (Hojai) on May 17 and June 6 respectively.
The Lok Sabha MP had written to the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court on June 7 on the same issue which he later uploaded on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.
“Considering the COVID-19 Pandemic, a full bench of Hon’ble Gauhati High Court headed by Chief Justice, vide its order dated 10.05.2021 has ordered that any decree for eviction/dispossession or demolition should remain in abeyance. “But violating the High Court order the Sonitpur and Hojai District administration carried out an eviction drive at Jamugurihat and Kaki. I request the Chief Justice of High court to initiate suo moto proceeding in order to restore the fundamental right to shelter of affected people,” he tweeted.
Notably, MP Khaleque in his letter prayed before the CJ of the Gauhati High Court on June 7 for restoration of fundamental right to shelter of the people affected in the eviction drive carried out by the Sonitpur district administration at Jamugurihat and Hojai District Administration at Kaki (Lanka).
He wrote, “The eviction drive at Jamugurihat, which rendered 25 families homeless, and at Kaki (Lanka) which left 70 families homeless, is a direct attack on the right to shelter of these people. The right to shelter has been held to be a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”
The parliamentarian further said that the actions by the district administrations of Sonitpur and Hojai violate Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that states everyone has the right to housing.
“These actions of the Sonitpur and Hojai District Administrations took place during this raging pandemic which is even more shameful and unacceptable,” the letter said.