For Immediate Release Date: 17th June, 2011
Slum Rehabilitation Scams:
NAPM to challenge proposed withdrawal of inquiry committees
The Maharahstra Government has given a written statement to the Mumbai High Court stating its intent to change the Government Resolution (GR) and issue a corrigendum in the matter of appointment of investigative committees, promulgated to inquire into corruption and irregularities by various builders in Mumbai. The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) expresses its determination to challenge this on legal and constitutional grounds. The Court has not adjudicated on the matter, as yet. It has neither accepted nor rejected the petition.
Meanwhile, the Additional Government Pleader Mr. Matoos denies responsibility of the fate of structures that were rebuilt after the demolitions in January, February and May, 2011. The Government will take 2 1/2 weeks to file the Affidavit. The status quo continues on the Committees. Since no written affidavit is filed, nor an official decision taken, the legal interpretation is that the GRs issued at the end of the 9-day long fast continue to be in place. The next hearing will take place after Government puts forth its decision and files its Affidavit.
Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan strongly feels the intention of the State tantamounts to betrayal of non-violent and democratic processes, since the decision to form the committees was made after long and meaningful dialogues from December 2010 onwards, as well as during the fast, with the government including the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, District Collector, Minister of Housing and various other government officers. Such backtracking is unjustifiable. This betrayal is irrational and immoral and a fraud on the Constitution and We The People.
It is an obvious example where the State has succumbed to the power of the builders in nexus with politicians and bureaucrats. This cannot be taken lying down and the Movement of the urban poor and those affected by these schemes will battle on. We appeal to all conscientious supporters to condemn the path of betrayal that the government has stepped on, creating a blot on democracy and crushing non-violent movements.
Santosh Daundkar Madhuresh Kumar Faiza Prerna Gaikwad
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