Vijender Gupta demands withdrawal of Monitoring Committee

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta today vehemently demanded that the Monitoring Committee and court commissioners appointed by the Delhi High Court be discharged as their working went against the doctorine of separation of powers provided in the Constitution.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Gupta hailed the recent comments of the Supreme Court on the High Court's interference in matters relating to the Executive and the Legislature and said the apex court's judgement had a direct bearing on the action against illegal constructions, Monitoring Committee and court commissioners.

The powers invoked by the court commissioners and the Monitoring Committee were, in fact, transgressing the executive functions and of the MCD, he asserted.

The MCD today filed an affidavit in the High Court, praying that the pending writ petition, applications and allied matters be disposed of with directions to allow the MCD to take action against all illegal constructions and other matters in accordance with the law.

The Standing Committee Chairman also denounced ''the piecemeal approach'' of the Delhi government and the Union Urban Development Ministry which had come up with segmented and fragmented ordinances and amendments. He demanded that both the central as well as the Delhi government come up with a comprehensive resolution incorporating an amnesty scheme resolving all pending issues sent by the MCD.

In this context, Mr Gupta demanded that one-time relaxation in regularisation of 'chhajjas' should be immediately allowed as it would benefit a large number of property owners and occupiers.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has supported the demand made by Mr Gupta for discharging the Monitoring Committee and the court commissioners.

In a joint statement, CAIT General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal, along with other trade leaders, stated that there could be no two opinions about ''the dismal performance and utter failure'' of both the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the MCD in the last many decades with regard to issues of development in the capital.

The trade leaders further stated that it was felt since long that the Monitoring Committee and court commissioners were passing direct orders to the officials which amounted to usurping power and interference in executive functioning of MCD and DDA without any statutory authority under the MCD Act or DDA Act.


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