With the deputy commissioner failing to abide by the the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court on violation of building bylaws at the Congress Bhawan, petitioner Manit Malhotra, an RTI activist and local BJP leader, has decided to move contempt of court petition by
Shops constructed illegally at the Congress Bhawan in Jalandhar on Thursday. Sikander Singh Chopra/HT
Shops have been constructed in the area demarcated for parking in land allotted to Congress Bhawan.
Hearing the previous petition, the high court had, on August 23, ordered Jalandhar deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti to inquire into the allegations and take necessary action within three months. The DC is also the chairperson of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust.
"The three months have gone. Till date, no hearing has been held and no verification of original plan has been brought on record. The JIT as well as the DC have failed to call me to take my statement," said Malhotra.
"By Monday, I will move the high court with contempt of court petition against the deputy commissioner as he has failed to abide by the court's instructions."
The district congress committee (urban) has constructed 10 shops in the house line, meant for parking, sunlight and ventilation purposes, at the allotted plot in posh Rajinder Nagar locality.
District Congress Committee (rural) has also ran foul of the law by constructing three shops without getting mandatory building plan approved from the competent authority, the complainant had asserted in his previous petition before the court.
HT inquiries have shown that the Jalandhar Improvement Trust had allotted a 28 marla plot to the Congress at a concessional rate of Rs. 16,915, 38 years ago. However, the allottee failed to pay the requisite amount in four equal installments and also constructed shops at the site, without obtaining the mandatory change in use of land clearance, registration of conveyance deed and approval of the building plan.
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