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Court orders clearance of tracks and highways blocked by Jats

Press Trust of India Lucknow | Updated on March 18, 2011 Published on March 18, 2011




Taking suo motu cognisance of public inconvenience caused by the ongoing Jat agitation, the Allahabad High Court today directed officials of the State and Centre to clear railway tracks and national highways blocked by the agitators.

A division bench comprising Mr Justice Umanath Singh and Mr Justice Virendra Kumar Dixit of the court's Lucknow bench directed the Union Home Secretary, the Chairman of Railway Board and the State Principal Secretary (Home) and the DGP to get the railway tracks and national highways cleared.

Earlier in the day, the bench summoned the State DGP and directed the Additional Solicitor General to take report from the Union Home Ministry and present it to the court.

The matter came up for hearing after the Allabahad High Court Chief Justice, Mr F.I. Rebello, taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, directed the justices of Lucknow bench to hear the matter as a public interest litigation.

After being summoned by the court in the afternoon, the State Principal Secretary Home and the DGP along with the Advocate General, Mr Jyotindra Mishra, and the Additional Solicitor General, Mr Ashok Nigam, appeared before the court and informed it about the ground reality.

The court directed these officers to ensure that railway tracks and national highways affected by the agitation should be cleared soon.

The court fixed March 23 as the next date of hearing of the matter.

Meanwhile, in a separate order, a division bench comprising Mr Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Mr Justice S.S. Tiwari of the high court in Allahabad also directed the UP DGP to take immediate steps to clear the railway tracks across the State.

The court also directed the DGP to register FIRs against persons involved in violence, arson and disruption of rail traffic and apprise the court of the action taken against such elements.

Jats have been agitating for over a week in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana demanding reservation in Central government jobs under the OBC category.

Published on March 18, 2011
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