Lucknow: The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the UP government and Centre to remove the Jat agitators from tracks who have disrupted the rail services for the past 14 days demanding reservation in the government jobs.

After hearing the public interest litigation, the High Court warned concerned officials if they fail to clear the rail lines they will be held accountable.

Cabinet Secretary, UP Government, Shashank Shekhar Singh said, “The government will ensure the implementation of the High Court's directive.”

Chief Minister Mayawati has not only held a meeting with Principal Secretary Home and DGP of the state but also written a letter to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, urging him to resolve the Jat reservation issue at the earliest.

Chidambaram has called a meeting with top railways officers and paramilitary forces on Saturday to chalk out a strategy to tackle the situation.

Taking cognizance of the reports published in newspapers related to Jat agitation, Chief Justice of Lucknow bench F I Ribello and Deviprasad Singh has sent the case to the bench headed by Justice Umanath Singh.

Principal Secretary Home and DGP had appeared before the bench on Friday. Advocate General Jyotindra Mishra submitted before the bench that the Centre should have to take the initiative in this matter. Additional Solicitor General Dr Ashok Nigam put forth the Centre’s point of view before the bench.

After listening to both the sides, the bench said, “Citizens have right to stage protest for their demands but they have no right to create nuisance for people. Centre and state governments must ensure for the smooth running of trains.” The bench also decided to hear the matter again on March 23, to ascertain how far the order has been implemented.

Meanwhile, the bench of Allahbad High Court comprising Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice SS Tiwari, while hearing the PIL of Miss Bharti Kashyap, N the Home Secretary, directed Union Home Secretary, UP Home Secretary and state’s Police Chief, Chairman, Railway Board  and DRMs of Lucknow and Delhi to ensure that the tracks are evacuated immediately and smooth running of trains. Besides, the bench also ordered to submit the proceeding reports on March 29.

JPN/Bureau