The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the mercy plea of the Centre and Municipal Corporation of Delhi to spare from sealing 25,000-odd traders who filed affidavits undertaking to stop commercial use of their residential premises in the capital.
Solicitor General GE Vahanvati and MCD counsel Sanjiv Sen mentioned the mercy plea before a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, which said the matter would be taken up on November 15.
The court has rejected such plea thrice in the last two-and-a-half-months.
In separate applications filed in the court, the Urban Development Ministry and the MCD have urged the court to allow these traders to continue their operations as they were covered under the government notifications issued on September 7 and 15 which allowed commercialisation along 2,183 roads/stretches in the capital.
Both the Centre and MCD pleaded that traders along these roads may be allowed to continue with their commercial operations on their filing an aditional affidavit by January 31 next year. The MCD has also sought de-sealing of premises covered under the notifications.
The Government has drawn the court’s attention to the change in the situation and sought to emphasise that the sealing drive was going on as per the court orders.
Submitting that the court’s order on sealing was being implemented, the MCD also has sought “judicial pardon” to the traders who filed affidavit to cease their commercial operations by October 31.
“This category (of traders) may be showered the benevolence, compassion and magnanimity of this honourable court”, the civic body said in its application.