HC pulls up MCD, asks to file fresh affidavit

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today pulled up MCD for not filing a satisfactory reply in connection with the sealing of shops in West Delhi and asked it to file a fresh affidavit in this regard.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices A K Sikri and Rekha Sharma, directed the MCD to file a reply on the action being taken against illegal constructions which took place between July 31, 2006 and February 6, 2007 at West Delhi's Ram Road and asked the MCD to explain the selective action against the shop owners.

Court Comissioner Pushkar Sood had inspected the area and detected that the plots alloted for shops were subdivided illegally and factories were running in an unauthorised way.

Mr Sood also noticed that constructions were still underway, while the Court had ordered to stop the unauthorised constructions.

On the directions of the monitering committee and Court Comissioner the demolition and sealing of defaulting properties was undertaken by MCD. The aggrieved people approached the High Court against the discriminatory policy being adopted by the MCD.

MCD on the other hand said a policy on the sub-divisions of plots under section 312 and 313 of DMC act and new guidelines were yet to be framed and all the properties situated at Rama Road will be de-sealed.

In the affidavit MCD stated that a Vigilance Inquiry has been ordered against the officials who had ordered sealing on the pick and chose policy. The Court had asked the MCD to reply on the basis they sealed the 82 properties in April and May.

MCD Comissioner, who presented himself in the Court, had said all properties on Rama Road will be monitored after the new policy of sub-divisions of plots comes into force.

UNI

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