A bench of Justice D K Upadhyay and Justice Saurabh Srivastava passed the order on a PIL moved by Amethi District Bar Association.
The bench prima facie held that the SDM Gauriganj had no right under Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act to review his earlier order whereby concerned land was exchanged between the general secretary and the land management committee of his village.
It was alleged in the PIL that the administration of Amethi was coercing members of the bar association in the district.
The SDM reviewed his earlier order passed on May 16, 2015 whereby the land management committee of his village had exchanged some land, on which the general secretary later constructed his house, and cancelled the exchange one sided.
Immediately thereafter, the SDM ensured that the said changed entries were made in the revenue records. As soon as the entries were made, the SDM rushed to the site and demolished the general secretary’s house by use of heavy machinery, without even affording him adequate opportunity of hearing or providing him time for challenging his order before an appropriate court, alleged the PIL.