Days after a woman government official was shot dead allegedly by a guest house owner in Kasauli following an argument over a demolition drive, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the "unfortunate death" was the result of "non-implementation of the law" related to unauthorised constructions.
"The death is not a result of the court's order. It is a result of the non-implementation of the law. The incident is very unfortunate. You have to ensure rule of law and implementation of law related to unauthorised constructions," a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for the state.
While seeking the status of investigation in the case, the top court directed the Himachal Pradesh government to apprise it about the steps taken to ensure that no unauthorised constructions were carried out in the entire state.
The apex court asked the state to file an affidavit giving details sought by it and posted the matter for further hearing on May 9.
The top court had on April 17 directed the state government to demolish unauthorised structures in several hotels and guest houses in Kasauli and Dharampur areas of Solan and four teams were constituted by the authorities to carry out the work.
- With PTI inputs