The Delhi High Court on Thursday came down heavily on the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for sealing 65 Commonwealth Games Village flats after allocating them to various people.
Justice Hima Kohli rejected DDA’s contention that the flats had been built in violation of the floor area ratio (FAR) limit. “Why did you seal the flats which were allotted to people? Is it your statutory duty to pick and choose? What were your officers doing all these years when the builder exceeded the FAR limit,” Justice Kohli asked DDA counsel Ajay Verma.
Directing the DDA to ‘deseal’ the flats of the eight petitioners in two days, Justice Kohli ordered DDA to not take further action till the final disposal of the petition. “You shut your eyes when the construction was going on or you wanted to protect the interest of certain people,” the court observed.