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'Pay R50,000 to owner of demolished PCO'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 22, 2010
First Published: 23:33 IST(22/8/2010) | Last Updated: 23:35 IST(22/8/2010)

The Delhi High Court has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to pay Rs. 50,000 as compensation for demolishing a PCO booth in Delhi University (DU).

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The PCO was owned by a physically challenged man.

It was demolished for beautification of the area ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed MCD to pay the amount to Satish Manchanda, within four weeks, failing which it would incur an interest of 12 per cent per annum.

"From the photographs filed in the case, it is clear that the property of Manchanda has been damaged. The alleged contemnor, MCD, would in any case be liable to compensate him for the same," Justice Endlaw said.

According to Manchanda, he had spent Rs. 1.5 lakh on construction of the PCO structure. Due to the MCD action, the belongings in the shop were lost, besides loss in income estimated to be above Rs. 50,000.

Manchanda claimed the MCD had demolished his kiosk, despite a stay order, from this very court.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by a group of vendors, including Manchanda challenging MCD's move to demolish kiosks allotted to physically challenged persons on tehbazari (vending rights) in the university.

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