The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government, calling it “unethical” and lacking moral values, for irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects.
“Payments are made without work being done. A newly-constructed bridge collapsed like a pack of cards. R70,000 crores are involved. There is rampant corruption.... We cannot shut our eyes,” the court said.
The bench was hearing Archaeological Survey of India’s appeal to set aside a high court order asking the department not to have a universal law, banning construction within 100 metres of a protected monument.
Livid with a builder who succeeded in constructing a building near a protected monument, the court said, “How mindless and lawless are you? No regard for history, no regard for constitution… Why don’t you convert Jantar Mantar into a hotel or a mall and India will shine?”