Unrepentant ex-minister sent to jail
Alarmed civic officials resume sealing drive in the Capital, report Vibha Sharma and Satya Prakash.Updated: Apr 11, 2007, 02:45 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday strongly rebuked all those responsible for violating its orders on sealing unauthorised establishments in the Capital, and pulled up the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for its sluggishness in pursuing the drive against them. MCD officials hastily resumed sealing operations in the evening.
Earlier in the day, the court sentenced BJP MLA and former Delhi minister Harcharan Singh Balli to three months in jail for contempt of court after he boldly confessed that last year he had indeed broken the seals of 22 shops, which were sealed on the court’s orders in west Delhi’s Raja Garden area.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat also summoned Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul and MCD Commissioner Ashok Nigam to appear before it on Wednesday, and explain why the police and the MCD had not cooperated with the monitoring committee. In its report, the court-appointed panel had accused the police and the MCD of not cooperating in the sealing operations.
On March 28, the Supreme Court had directed that the establishments not protected under the Master Plan should be sealed. Although sealing did begin, under pressure from Congress councillors, MCD officials were proceeding very cautiously. The drive was suspended midway due to the MCD polls. Policemen protecting the sealing squads were required for election-related duties.