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HC rejects demolition plea by MCD engineers

The court observed that the Engineering Wing of the MCD was mainly responsible for mushrooming of illegal and unauthorised structures.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 11:32 IST
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The Delhi High Court has refused to grant an interim stay on the demolition of office premises owned by consultant engineers in commercial areas.

The court observed that the Engineering Wing of the MCD was mainly responsible for mushrooming of illegal and unauthorised structures in the capital.

A division bench, headed by Justice Vijender Jain, rejected the plea of the engineers that their office premises be spared from the demolitions on the lines of the relaxation given to professionals like chartered accountants, doctors and lawyers.

"Why should you be exempted from the demolitions. You engineers are the main persons responsible for creating havoc in Delhi by designing the unauthorised and illegal structures. It is because of you that the city is in such a mess," Justice Jain observed when PR Rajhans, counsel for the National Foundation of Indian Engineers, pleaded for the relaxation.

On February 16, the bench while dealing with the ongoing demolitions asked the MCD to raze all properties, which have been built in residential areas and put to commercial use.

However, it clarified, "when we say about commercial user, obviously we are not referring to the premises which have been used by the professionals for their office purposes like chartered accountants, doctors or lawyers."

Citing the exemptions granted to the three group of professionals, the association sought a similar exemption on the ground that engineers too were professionals engaged in expert services.