The Madhya Pradesh High Court has dismissed a petition seeking a stay on demolition of a house, which was in the news last week when local BJP MLA AkashVijayvargiya assaulted a civic official. Vijayvargiya had attacked the official with a cricket bat in full public view when a municipal team arrived to pull it down, citing its dilapidated condition as the reason.
The occupants were opposed to the demolition. The house is located in Ganji Compound here. However, the high court directed the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to provide within two days a temporary shelter elsewhere for the family living in the house.
"The IMC's bid to dismantle the dilapidated house is in a larger interest so I will not intervene," Justice Rohit Arya was quoted as saying by the petitioner family's counsel Pushymitra Bhargava.
"Though the court did not pass stay order, it directed the IMC to provide a dwelling facility temporarily within two days. The family can live at the place for three months," he added.
Akash Vijayavargiya was caught on camera thrashing civic officials in Indore, Madhya Pradesh when they were on an anti-encroachment drive. The local MLA was seen hitting the officials with a cricket bat, slapping and kicking them along with other BJP workers who joined in the attack and in addition, verbally abused the officials. Akash was arrested by the police and was remanded for two days, with the court denying him bail in the case before being released on June 30. Akash was given a grand welcome as he was released and visuals showed sweets being distributed to people at the leader's residence.
After his release from the jail, he said that he will lead the path on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and will try his best that to ensure that justice is done to every family in his constituency. "I will try to do every work as per the ideals of Gandhiji. I will pray that God never gives me a chance again to do this. I don't regret whatever happened. I knew the repercussions of my action. I did what I felt right," Akash said. His father BJP MP Kailash Vijayvargiya , meanwhile, has feigned ignorance over his son's actions while earlier, BJP MP Dilip Ghosh called him a 'shaant ladka' (quiet boy).