Encroachments: SC directs setting up of monitoring committee

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) In yet another expression of total lack of faith in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Supreme Court today directed the appointment of a monitoring committee to oversee the process of sealing of commercial establishments operating from residential areas of Delhi while granting time till June 30 to the owners of these establishments to stop the misuse.

A bench comprising chief justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Mr. Justice C.K. Thakker while extending time ,however said that extension shall be granted subject to filling of an affidavit of undertaking by individual owners of commercial establishments that they would stop the misuse by the extended deadline.

The affidavit shall also contain an undertaking that no further extension shall be sought on any ground and violation of undertaking in the affidavit shall invite the prosecution for perjury and also for contempt of the apex court. The affidavit shall be filed latest by March 28 before the zonal offices of the MCD and sealing process against those who do not give such affidavit shall start as from March 29 as per the court order dated Feb.16.

For the members of the monitoring committee the two names found acceptable were those of former union government secretary Bhure Lal and accredited with conducting free and fair polls in Bihar former election commission observer K.J. Rao, subject to their availability and consent. The Chief Justice wanted tough persons to be on the monitoring who can withstand pressures from various quarters. The court also directed the Delhi Police to provide full support to the MCD staff doing the sealing work and also directed that the sealing process shall go on not withstanding any order of any court.

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