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HC directs probe against DC Shahdara for false affidavit

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the CBI to probe against former MCD Shahdara (South Zone) Deputy Commissioner N K Sharma and Superintending Engineer Umesh Sachdeva for filing an alleged false affidavit stating that illegal market complexes in Krishnanagar in East Delhi had been demolished.

A division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain asked the CBI Special Team to file a preliminary enquiry (PE) against the officials of the Shahdara South Zone and SHOs of Krishnanagar between 1999 and 2005 for abetting illegal constructions.

The conduct of the MCD officials from the DC to the Junior Engineers and the SHO of the area should also be probed, the order said.

Amicus Curie Ashok Arora submitted that the Kapoor Plaza, Krishna Complex and Gokul Complex were still existing despite the MCD stating in an affidavit that they had been demolished.

N K Sharma, a DANICS officer, who was the DC of Shahdara between December 8, 2004 and August 2005 had filed the affidavit on March 14, 2005 that these buildings had been razed after booking them under the MCD Act.

However, when Mr Arora visited the area this month he found all these complexes had several shops including banquet halls.

Even the Kapoor complex has 32 shops in two floors and two banquet halls on the third and fourth floors, said Mr Arora.

Adjourning the matter till July 12, the court asked the MCD to demolish the buildings within four weeks.

''The photographs filed in the court belies the claim of the MCD,'' said the court.

The court observed, ''Some MCD officials accept so much extraneous consideration that they have to safeguard the interest of the building owners.'' UNI PAT AD GC1928

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