Lawyers move HC over MCD sealing properties

Scores of lawyers made special mention in the court after the lunch hour seeking a stay against the MCD move.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 19:22 IST

The ongoing sealing drive against unauthorised constructions in Delhi has taken a new dimension with a group of lawyers on Tuesday moving the Delhi High Court challenging the MCD's move to seal their office properties.

A division bench headed by Justice Vijender Jain has asked the MCD Commissioner to clarify as to under what instructions and orders the civic authorities were sealing the commercial premises of lawyers and posted the matter for further hearing to Wednesday.

Interestingly, the properties sealed include reportedly those of Tasneem Ahmed, daughter of a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at Safdarjung Enclave and a promiment lawyer Ajay Behl, who owns a posh office premises at South Extension.

With the MCD stepping up the sealing drive against the commercial office structures owned by lawyers in residential areas, scores of lawyers on Tuesday made a "special mention" in the court after the lunch hour seeking a stay against the MCD move.

The lawyers contended that the MCD move to seal their properties was illegal as the High Court had on February 14, specifically ruled that commerical office premises owned by professionals like lawyers and doctors should not be demolished or sealed.

Some of the lawyers complained to the court that the MCD officials were sealing their properties by citing the Supreme Court's recent order to seal all commercial properties in the capital.

However, neither the MCD nor the aggrieved lawyers were in a position to clearly interpret the Apex court order on sealing of commercial properties.

Following this Justice Jain asked the MCD counsel Ashok Bhasin to obtain a clarification from the civic chief on the matter and listed the hearing for Wednesday.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 19:22 IST