Secrecy shrouds politicians' list

Published on Jan 25, 2006 02:29 AM IST

A dirty political game has begun on the much-hyped list of illegal properties owned by political bigwigs, against whom the Delhi High Court had asked the MCD to take action during the ongoing demolition drive.

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A dirty political game has begun on the much-hyped list of illegal properties owned by political bigwigs, against whom the Delhi High Court had asked the MCD to take action during the ongoing demolition drive.

A veil of secrecy shrouds the high-profile list, in which alleged last minute additions are being made at the behest of an influential political camp. MCD Commissioner A.K. Nigam's office is learnt to be under immense pressure not to make the list public till it is 'balanced out' showing all political camps in an equally poor light.

After assurances that the survey of politician-owned properties is nearly complete and the details of show-cause notices to be issued to defaulters would be shared with the media, MCD spokesperson D.C. Mathur said details of the notices could not be made public as the matter is sub-judice.

“We have taken legal opinion. Since the matter is in the court, it would not be right to correct to make the list public, which has around 30 names. We would directly tell the court about whatever action we have taken,” said Mathur.

The High Court had pulled up the MCD for its pick-and-choose policy and had asked the Corporation to act upon media reports highlighting instances of illegal construction by politicians. Incidentally, the majority of names highlighted in media reports belong to Congress leaders owing allegiance to the Ram Babu Sharma camp. It is learnt that a new list has been submitted to the Commissioner's office to be added in the original "lop-sided" list prepared on basis of media reports.

The fact that the High court order to the MCD to target big fish has become a tool in the hands of politicians to settle scores with their arch rivals had become obvious at the last meeting of the MCD House on January 19. MCD Leader of House Jitender Kochar had come prepared with a list of unauthorised constructions owned by all BJP leaders. “If they would take six names (of our party men), we would highlight 12," he had then said. Meanwhile, Mathur assured that the list of 18,299 illegal properties booked by the MCD between 2001-05 would be made online within this week.

“As soon as the list is made online, the MCD would send a copy to Delhi Jal Board, NDPL and BSES offices to withdraw services from the units, in accordance with the directions of the high court,” said Mathur.

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Vibha Sharma covers municipal bodies in Delhi. A journalist for almost a decade, she has also worked for the hyper-local editions of Hindustan Times, covering civic concerns in south Delhi, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad.

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