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Builder held for insecure construction gets bail

delhi Updated: May 14, 2011 23:17 IST
Sumit Saxena

A city court has granted bail to a Delhi-based builder who was arrested for raising a rickety construction in Greater Kailash Part-I in south Delhi.

The court observed that the MCD engineers had admitted sanctioning genuine building completion certificates and earthquake resistant certificates on contrary to the police investigations.

Avdesh Mittal was arrested by Economic Offences Wing (EoW) in March 2011 for allegedly constructing a hazardous building in 2008, therefore, risking lives of neighbourhood occupants.

The additional sessions judge Renu Bhatnagar said, "So far as the report of junior engineer (JE) is concerned, the JE had admitted that the report was given by him under his signatures after inspection. The certificates B1 and B2, that is, completion certificates given by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) are admitted by the executants concerned."

Senior advocate RN Mittal appearing in defence of Avdesh Mittal contended that despite several accusations regarding the construction material used for raising the structure, the building is standing erect from 2006 to 2011.

"The FIR was registered in 2008 and the police chose to arrest him after three years. The case is based on documentary evidence — all in custody of the police. The accused could not tamper with the evidence," said the defence counsel.

The court noted that the present case could be a consequence of fall-out between the builder and Rajender Chhabra, owner of the plot of land. Chhabra entered into agreement with Mittal to construct five floors at his plot.

The court noted the authenticity of the certificates issued by MCD and by a private structural engineer would
be decided by a civil suit pending between Avdesh Mittal and Rajender Chhabra.