Justice Mishra’s Parting Kick to 5 to 10 million Slum Dwellers; to be thrown out without arranging alternate shelters

04 September 2020

In one of his last orders delivered by a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on 2nd September the Supreme Court has ordered the removal of 48,000 clusters of slums on both sides of railway lines in Delhi within three months. The SC ordered that there should be no judicial or political interference delaying or obstructing the demolition within the stipulated time. While giving this fascist order the SC did not bother to see that many of these families are staying for many decades in these slums. It has not bothered to think about where these 5 millions plus people who are citizens of this country with voter and ration cards shall go, if their shelters are dismantled without alternate arrangements.

Some of these clusters are so big that hundreds of families live in one cluster. So anywhere between 5 to 10 million people may be thrown out if this order is not opposed. As this is part of the measures to make the capital smart, it is clear that Arun Mishra, a die-hard RSS cadre, who was coopted to SC only more than an year back, but made the head of many benches out of turn, which had dealt sensitive issues, has acted at the behest of Modi government. They are working out plans to resist the order in the SC itself, and at the same time mobilizing the affected people to actively resist the demolition. At this critical time, the affected millions of families appeal for support of all progressive forces to their struggle to protect their houses. CPI(ML) Red Star Delhi state committee has called for united active resistance against this fascist order.

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