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NGT orders action against university run by MP Azam Khan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed action against a private university run by Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, following a plea which alleged that it was an encroachment on the floodplain of river Kosi.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel observed that concerned statutory authorities should take appropriate action as river Kosi is a tributary of the Ganga.

“A report dated August 13, 2019 has been filed by the U.P. Pollution Control Board to the effect that land has been illegally grabbed by the trust and action has been taken, against which appeal is pending before the Divisional Commissioner, Moradabad. FIR has also been registered and process for cancellation of lease has also been taken,” the Bench noted.

The green panel further added, “in view of the report, we are of the view that action may also need to be taken for encroachment of the floodplain in accordance with law in view of the fact that Kosi River is contributory of river Ganga. The concerned statutory authorities may proceed in accordance with law accordingly.”

The directions came when the Tribunal was hearing a plea moved by petitioner Shailesh Singh who sought action against illegal construction on the floodplain by the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The plea said the construction was obstructing the free passage of the river, resulting in scarcity of water and devastation of the environment.

The FIR reveals that Mr. Khan, who represents Rampur in Lok Sabha, and his close aide allegedly ‘grabbed land’ from 26 farmers for the construction of the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, the plea added.

Joint committee

Earlier, the NGT had directed a joint committee, comprising the U.P. State Pollution Control Board and the Rampur district magistrate, to look into the matter and furnish a report.

The Samajwadi Party has alleged that the allegations were false and Mr. Khan was being targeted due to political vendetta.

Last week, the Allahabad High Court had dismissed a writ petition challenging the demolition order against Rampur Public School of Azam Khan issued by the Rampur Development Authority for alleged illegal construction.

The court had said the petitioner had the remedy of appeal against the notice before the commissioner concerned.

(With PTI inputs)

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