HC orders CBI probe into unauthorised construction in S. Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 10: The Delhi High Court today directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry into rampant unauthorised construction in some posh areas of the South Delhi district.

"We direct the CBI to conduct the preliminary enquiry against unauthorised constructions, officials of SDMC, police officials, builders and also against the petitioner on whom the allegations of blackmailing have been made," a bench comprising justices BD Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said.

Illegal construction: CBI probe ordered

It asked the DCP South Zone, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Deputy Commissioner (MCD), concerned sub register, officials of Delhi Jal Board, electricity department to supply all relevant documents to the probe agency.

The bench asked the CBI to file the status report by April 6 in sealed cover. On December 2, the court had warned that it may order CBI probe into unauthorised construction in Neb Sarai, Freedom Fighters Colony, Paryavaran Complex and Mehrauli areas of South Delhi.

It had sought a status report as to why police was not provided to the squads carrying out the demolition drive. The court had also noted the allegation levelled by petitioner NGO Paardarshita Public Welfare Foundation that police protection are provided to the demolition drive on a pick and choose methods.

The NGO in its plea has alleged that widespread unauthorised constructions was going in the area falling under the jurisdiction of SDMC and even several police personal have constructed their houses.

It had alleged that since several police personal themselves had constructed properties in the area, no demolition drive was being carried out despite directions of court.


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