SC to hear relief application in sealing matter tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow the application of the Centre and the MCD seeking relief for 25,000 Delhi traders who had given affidavits stating that they will stop the misuse by June 30, 2006 on their own.

The apex court will also decide the fate of about 16,500 traders who had intimated the Monitoring Committee (MC) that they had closed down their shops.

The court will also consider the report of the MC which was filed today, giving details of those who have given affidavit and also of those establishments which were found open by the committee during raids yesterday, despite having given affidavites that they had closed down their shops.

The court will also consider and decide the fate of remaining 8,500 traders who have not given fresh affidavits meaning thereby that they have not stopped the misuse despite the orders of the court and the indications given by the apex court that it might consider to grant appropriate relief to the traders who are protected by the two impugned government notifications permitting mixed land use along 2,183 roads in the city, provided they close down first in terms of the undertakings given by them earlier.

The court may either order the immediate sealing of those shops whose owners have not kept their promise of closing down on their own inspite of the deadline having been extended to October 31, 2006 in view of the festival season. However, if the court takes a lenient view, then the traders may get further time to close down their shops before being granted relief by the court.

The traders are hopeful of getting relief from the top court of the country tomorrow. Those who have closed down include Parveen Kumar Khandelwal, General Secretary of the Joint Action Committee of the traders which is spearheading the traders agitation against sealing of the premises indulging in commercial activities illegally from residential areas, in violation of the master plan.

Over three lakh traders who did not file affidavit earlier have been allowed to continue by the court subject to their filing affidavit latest by January 31, 2007, giving an undertaking that they would immediately stop the misuse if the two notifications are invalidated by the Supreme Court.

The 25,000 traders also want the same relief.


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