LS members flay Delhi HC ruling on demolition drive
Meanwhile, the government asserted it will do everything possible legally and constitutionally to retrieve the situation.india Updated: May 19, 2006 13:37 IST
Agitated members of the Lok Sabha on Friday flayed the Delhi High Court ruling on the demolition drive in the Capital as "contempt" of Parliament.
Meanwhile, the government asserted it will do everything possible legally and constitutionally to retrieve the situation.
Question Hour was stalled as members, cutting across party lines, said that the court order disregarded legislation passed by the Parliament, but awaited Presidential assent, to provide for a one-year moratorium on demolitions and sealing in the capital.
Sharing the concerns voiced by the members, Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said "within the ambit of law, we will try to do everything possible to stop demolitions and sealings".
BJP's VK Malhotra found support from many parties for adjournment of Question Hour, a demand rejected by the ruling party, leading to adjournment of the Question Hour for fifteen minutes.
The adjournment followed heated debate between the leader of the house Pranab Mukherjee and Malhotra even after an assurance by the Defence Minister.
While Prabhunath Singh warned that the court verdict had set the stage for a confrontation between the legislature and the judiciary, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the President should be requested to expedite his assent to the Bill to stop the demolitions.