DM files affidavit on varsity squatters

Patna district magistrate (DM) on Tuesday filed an affidavit in Patna High Court stating that all the encroachments had been removed from the Patna University area according to the court's directive.

By Nishant Sinha in Patna
  • Published 19.09.18
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Patna: Patna district magistrate (DM) on Tuesday filed an affidavit in Patna High Court stating that all the encroachments had been removed from the Patna University area according to the court's directive.

On September 11, the high court had directed Patna DM Kumar Ravi and Patna University authorities to submit report giving full details of encroachment at PU.

The order was passed by the division bench of Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar while hearing a petition filed by social activist Vikash Chandra, alias Guddu Baba, alleging large-scale encroachment at PU. The petitioner has told the court that that there were altogether275 encroachments at the university campus and the campuses of the constituent colleges.

The bench had earlier also directed Patna DM Ravi and PU authorities to conduct videography and submit it to the court on entailing how much encroachment had been removed and how much was to be done. The reply sought by the court also included the time-frame within which the remaining encroachment was supposed to be removed.

The Patna DM on Tuesday submitted photographs before the bench showing that all encroachments had been removed. However, the DM's plea before the bench was objected by the Patna University counsel as he said some parts of encroachment were still to be removed. On this, the Chief Justice directed the university officials to inform the DM of the encroachment that were yet to be removed. The state government, on the court's directive, had earlier formed a committee headed by Patna DM Agarwal, which went through all the minute details of encroachment at PU.

The court had earlier directed the Patna DM to form a committee to conduct a spot-verification of the entire campus, conduct an inquiry with regard to encroachment, if any in the area, hear any encroacher, if required, and submit a detailed report to this court.

The case will next be heard on October 9.