HC reserves order on plea seeking Rs 20 lakh from DDA

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on a writ petition filed by a 66-year-old man stating that the agency cheated him by selling his plot and sought an alternate land and compensatory damages to the tune of Rs 20 lakh from the agency for violation of his fundamental rights.

Justice Geeta Mittal heard the arguments of the DDA's counsel who had no satisfactory reply to justify the conduct of the DDA officials, who had allegedly connived with some property dealers to sell away the plot of one Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta to some other person by using false documents.

The DDA counsel suggested the court that they can cancel the lease deed of the new allotee and give it back to the original alottee.

On hearing this, Justice Mittal lashed out at him saying that both were rightful owners of the plot and ''you (DDA) officials are playing with the lives of the innocent people.'' Mr Gupta, a retired college principal from Bhopal, had booked a piece of land in Rohini in 1988. Though the possesion was handed over to him, the lease deed was not executed. In the meanwhile, DDA officials connived with some property dealers and sold Gupta's plot to one S N Swamy, who claims that he is the rightful owner of the plot.

Gupta's counsel Sanjay Sharawat said his client had gone through mental agony for so many years. He sought court's intervention to direct the DDA to allot an alternative plot and pay him Rs 20 lakh compensation.


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