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Friday, 31 July 2020

Administration hands over razed Karnal house to tenant

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 30

In a new twist to the "wrongful" eviction of a widow from a rented house in Karnal, which invited the Punjab and Haryana High Court's ire, the district authorities today went to restore possession to her, only to find that the landlord had already demolished the house.

The authorities handed over possession of the demolished house to the tenant as there was debris, walls and a boundary wall with a gate. The tenant, Harjeet Kaur, locked the gate.

The High Court had pulled up the Karnal DC for passing an order for eviction of the tenant while a tenancy dispute was sub judice and directed restoration of possession to the tenant by August 1. The SP had been directed to ensure smooth handing over of possession.

In compliance with the order, DC Nishant Kumar Yadav deputed SDM Narender Pal Malik as duty magistrate, who reached the site with a heavy police posse and handed over possession to the tenant.

"In compliance with the High Court order, possession for the structure at the site has been given to the tenant," said Malik.

Tenant's counsel Vinay Bansal termed the demolition as contempt of court. He said he would file a complaint in court in this regard. He alleged that the administration was aware of the fact that the house was being demolished, but did not take any action.

"The High Court directed the administration on July 21 to give possession to the petitioner on or before August 1. Even after receiving the order, the administration did not take the issue seriously and gave sufficient time for demolition of the house," he stated.

Terming the order as unjust, Bimla Devi, owner of the house, said she would approach court. She claimed that the house was in a dilapidated state and caved in on its own.

from The Tribune

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