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High Court initiates contempt proceedings against town planner

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, September 14, 2013
First Published: 17:23 IST(14/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:25 IST(14/9/2013)

The Punjab and Haryana high court has decided to initiate contempt of court proceedings against municipal town planner (MTP) Tejpreet Singh for intentionally violating orders passed by court on July 23, and has directed him to appear in person on September 17 to receive the notice for the same.

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The order was passed by Justice Paramjeet Singh while listening to a petition filed by local resident Sohan Singh in 2012.

In the petition, the complainant, resident of Jaswant Nagar locality in Garha, alleged that a person had constructed a building in the locality in violation of building byelaws.

“In the 4,000-sq feet plot number 430, the plot owner had constructed 10,615 sq feet on all the floors, though the permissible area is 6,000 sq feet. On November 6, 2012, the court had stayed the construction. On April 9 this year, the court directed the plot owner to demolish the wrongly constructed portion, and on May 23, the MC submitted before the court that the process of demolishing unauthorised construction was going on,” Sohan Singh said, adding that the court ordered the MTP to be present in person if the MC failed to demolish the construction by July 23.

On July 23, the court ordered the MTP to file an affidavit if the illegal construction has been demolished, and sought a site plan indicating the demolished portion in the plot.

“From the perusal of the affidavit and the site plan, it is not clear which part of the plot has been demolished. There is complete non-compliance of the order passed by the court on July 23. It appears that the MC is intentionally not bringing the true and material facts before the court. In view of this, the court deems it fit and appropriate to issue notice to MTP Tejpreet Singh to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him,” read the order passed by the court.

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