77 families from the Rajiv Camp Basti in Vinod Nagar, Delhi had been rendered homeless earlier this year as the local authorities decided to demolish their houses without a comprehensive plan to relocate the residents. Rendered homeless, these families have set up temporary shelters made of tarpaulin close to their former Basti. As a result of assessments conducted by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), these families had been declared 'ineligible for relocation' as per their Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy based on an arbitrary demand of certain particular documents, without regard to the fact that these residents had several other documents showing proof of residence at the Basti.
iProbono worked with the community to gather all relevant information and filed a petition through its network lawyers, Dua Associates, challenging the denial of housing to the newly homeless residents. The case was listed before the Hon'ble Delhi High Court on 6th and 7th July and the Court was pleased to order status quo preventing further relocation of the aggrieved residents, most of whom are domestic and construction workers. The Hon'ble Court was also pleased to appoint a Local Commissioner who would review the documents of the individuals to assess how their grievances could be addressed.
This is an important order that recognises the Constitutional right to shelter and the right to due process of law. iProbono engaged Mr. Robin David of Dua Associates, and his team. Mr.David is part of the Civil Litigation Panel constituted by iProbono, and is a partner at a prominent law firm, Dua Associates.
iProbono's goal is to provide legal assistance to vulnerable litigants through its network of committed pro bono lawyers. The residents of the Basti would not have had any access to legal assistance and iProbono is proud to be furthering the Rule of Law by providing access to justice to the most disadvantaged communities.