Former Chief Secretary of Delhi government, who challenged the Union government's notification amending the Master Plan of Delhi 2001 paving way for major changes in land use and FARs, on Friday withdrew his petition from Delhi High Court after the Centre's counsel informed that a similar petition was pending in the Supreme Court.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir told the petitioner Omesh Saigal to move the apex Court if he was interested.
"It is not appropriate to hear the matter as a similar petition is pending before the Supreme Court. At this stage the petitioner wants to withdraw his petition and expresses that he will move to Supreme Court," the bench observed.
Saigal in his petition mentioned that as per the September 7 notification residential areas can be used for commercial purposes. If the notification is allowed to be implemented that would lead to further destruction of the Capital's quality life and environment, he added.
He alleged that the notification was aimed at circumventing the recent sealing and demolition drive against the unauthorised commercial and residential premises following orders of the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court.