MCD's contention to remove court commissioners, tommorrow in court

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New Delhi, Jan 1 (UNI) The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will put forward its main contention before the Delhi High Court tomorrow, to remove the monitoring committee and the court commissioners for overstepping their limits .

MCD had filed an application in the court stating that the appointment of the court commissioners was illegal as they cannot take up the job of the executive. The corporation feels that they are posing a threat to their demolition drive.

The court had appointed eight court commissioners and a three-member monitoring committee earlier, to implement its orders of removal of encroachments and unauthorised constructions in the capital. However, according to the MCD, the commissioners were exceeding their limits and virtually dictating the MCD officers.

On the other hand, the court commissioners said MCD has failed to perform with all illegal constructions coming up in the capital.

According to Pushkar Sood, court commissioner of Karol Bagh zone, the MCD officers defied court orders and submitted false affidavits.

''They go for cosmetic demolitions. The unauthorised constructions are shown to be demolished in the books of MCD with the officers collecting hefty amounts as demolition fees, but the building remains untouched. So, the high court appointed the commissioners.

Now, the MCD officers feel their wings have been clipped and they cannot manipulate and misguide the ordinary man,'' Mr Sood said.

The court commissioners said they have been able to get acres of Government land vacated that was under illegal possesion of land mafia.

''The whole city is in a bad state,'' Mr Sood said, adding that if the MCD officials had performed their duties well in time, the residents would have not suffered so much.

The special bench of the high court, comprising Justices A K Sikri and Rekha Sharma, will hear the MCD's plea on January 4, 2008. The corporation is relying on the recent Supreme Court judgement, which ruled that judiciary should not exceed its limits and step into the shoes of the Government.

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