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Sealings: SC extends affidavit deadline

The last date for filing affidavit by Delhi traders using residential premises is Jan 31, 2007 now. Your take|In pics

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 17:04 IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended till January 31, 2007 the last date for filing of affidavits by traders in the capital who are using residential premises for commercial activities.

The court modified its September 29 order by which the traders, who were covered under the September 7 and 15 notifications, were directed to give an undertaking before the monitoring committee by November 10, 2006.

The court had made operational the notifications subject to the outcome of their validity, pursuant to which the traders had to file affidavits.

However, 44,000 traders who had filed affidavits giving an undertaking to stop the misuse of the premises failed to get any relief.

The Court in its September 29 order had said they will have to stop the misuse by October 31.

"We are not here to review that order. It is a closed chapter," the court, hearing an affidavit filed by the Centre for a modification of its earlier order, said.

A bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal also clarified that its September 29 order restraining the issuance of notification was not in respect of the Master Plan for Delhi 2021. 

"In that order, we were not concerned with the Master Plan for 2021," the bench said.

The fresh move by the Centre assumes importance as the court was told that its September 29 order will come in way of issuing notification regarding the Master Plan 2021 for the capital by which relaxation has been given for mixed use land.

Faced with the daunting task of implementing orders on sealing, the Ministry of Urban Affairs had requested the court it dispense with the requirement for traders to file affidavits as covered under the controversial September 7 notification allowing commercial activity in residential areas.