Delhi High Court seeks report on demolitions

The Delhi HC asked for a report on the action taken against properties owned by prominent city politicians.

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2006 23:01 IST

Expressing its strong displeasure over the reported discrimination during the ongoing demolition of unauthorised constructions in the capital, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked for a report on the action taken against such properties owned by prominent city politicians.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the principal secretary to the Delhi government were asked to file by January 31 a report on the action taken on properties owned or managed by Delhi Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma, Delhi Assembly Speaker Prem Singh, Delhi Finance Minister Ashok Kumar Walia, Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Anjali Rai and Delhi legislators Mukesh Sharma, Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal and Prahlad Singh Sawhney.

As for Sawhney, judge Vikramjit Sen noted he had filed a public suit seeking an interim stay on the demolition of illegal structures in the capital.

Sen directed the court registry to send a copy of the order to the Delhi government's principal secretary and to the MCD commissioner for compliance.

Sen took note of reports in a national daily newspaper on illegal structures owned by politicians being spared during the demolition drive and asked for a report.

"Public perception is that it is only the lower strata of society which encounters the brunt of law. This perception must be rectified and this can only be achieved when the most influential meets with the rigorous of law along with ordinary citizens. This vindicates the purpose of law," Sen observed.

"The citizens are aggrieved and hurt by the fact that the demolition is being conducted in a discriminatory manner. There are press reports appearing everyday giving details of illegal and unauthorised constructions carried out by several MLAs in Delhi," the order said.

Instead of voluntarily agreeing to become conforming users or to rectify or modify or remove their illegal constructions, the stand of the prominent and influential persons is that an ordinance will be passed to regularise unauthorised construction.

"If this is so, ordinary citizens should be treated in like manner," Sen observed.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 23:01 IST