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Court quashes notification on abolition of districts

By Our Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW, MAY 21. The Allahabad High Court today restored the four administrative divisions and nine districts which had been abolished by the Uttar Pradesh Government through a notification issued on January 13.

A High Court Division Bench, comprising the Chief Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice Ashok Bhushan, sitting at Allahabad quashed the Government notification while disposing of the writ petitions which had contended that the Samajwadi Party Government had acted in an arbitrary manner on political considerations to denotify the administrative units created by the earlier Mayawati Government.

The four divisions abolished were Devi Patan, Basti, Mirzapur and Saharan Pur and the districts denotified were Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Mahamaya Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Kaushambi, Auraiya, Gautambuddha Nagar, Chandauli and Ambedker Nagar.

The denotification had assumed political overtones as the Opposition parties launched protests which turned violent at some places. The Government, however, refused to accept the Opposition demand to restore the abolished units. The High Court judgment has thus come as a setback to the Samajwadi Party.

The Chief Secretary, V.K. Mittal, however, said the Government would examine in detail the contents of the High Court judgment and file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court to seek its review.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, reacting to the judgment, said that it was a victory of the people's sentiments. It had proved that the decision of the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government was incorrect, the BJP spokesperson, H.N. Dixit, said.

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