‘Illegal construction’ at Sainik Farms: HC asks SDMC, Delhi police for list of officials posted in area since 2001

The court was hearing a set of PILs on the issue of unauthorised construction in the city, including two PILs specifically on the Sainik Farms area.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: April 28, 2016 3:20 am
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Fifteen years after a bench of the Delhi High Court banned any construction activity in the Sainik Farms area, it has hundreds of buildings — including flats, farmhouses and commercial areas. Irked by the “rampant violation” of its orders, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi police to give it a list of officials who had been posted in the area since 2001, and had turned a blind eye to the unauthorised construction. The court also asked the CBI standing counsel to comment on whether the agency could probe the corruption indicated in the case.

“A house of the kind constructed in the Sainik farms area needs almost 200 trucks of material for construction and furnishing… in all over one lakh forty thousand trucks had ingress and egress to the area after 2007…” observed the court. “Yet police and MCD have nothing to show apart from a few prosecutions and some demolitions in a pick and choose manner,” observed the bench of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva.

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“We find that despite clear directions from this court, unauthorised construction has gone unabated,” said the court.

“The SDMC and DCP, south are directed to file a list of officials deputed in the area pursuant to directions of the court in 2001,” the court said.

The court was hearing a set of PILs on the issue of unauthorised construction in the city, including two PILs specifically on the Sainik Farms area. The bench indicated its anger after the counsel for the SDMC admitted that satellite images of the area suggested that over 700 unauthorised buildings were constructed there after 2007.

Hauz Khas village under scanner

Restaurants and shops at the Hauz Khas village have also come under the radar of the Delhi HC in two PILs, alleging that the upscale market was “illegally” constructed. HKV falls next to the remains of a mosque and tomb constructed in the 13th century. Delhi Wakf board and the ASI Wednesday told the court that they had “written to the authorities several times” to remove the buildings which are in “protected area” under ASI rules.

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    R.Mehta
    Apr 28, 2016 at 3:03 am
    The Honable High Court hs rightly taken note of illegal constructions carried out in last few years in Sainik Farms ,inspite of a Court order that no further construction will be carried on there. The officials of MCD and police in the area which was supposed to comply with the orders of the Honable Court ,have instead colluded with builders and individuals who have made constructions in the area ,despite there being a ban and thus ordrs of the Court has been flouted by all .The Honable Court is seeking details of the officials posted in the area during relevant time when constructions have taken place ,should also ask the authorities to provide a list of comstructions done after order of ban and should ask the MCD to send notices to show cause to the house owners / occupants for their reply as tlo why the premises should not be sealed and demolished . Unless strict action is taken against all and a strong message is sent to violators by taking stringent measures ,the violators will keep on continuing violations by managing the authorities.
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    1. Anand Ch
      Apr 28, 2016 at 12:38 am
      Good ! How long it will take for a list and how many will be still around by the time investigations are closed.
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        Varun Aggarwal
        Aug 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm
        All of you know about that some middle and lower cl people live there only few rich and criminals and fraudsters people not for all the resident you blame, All rest of the resident like you and good people law binding resident. You can not judge few people to all area resident.
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          raman aggarwal
          Oct 18, 2016 at 10:53 am
          The totally wrong actually our Govt. system is failure why the Govt. is not taking decisionlt;br/gt;to regularize or demolish from last twenty five years. the Govt. is responsible for making every body thief. It looks all the Govt. agencies are corrupt and collecting the money from people who are doing construction. I request the court not to waste the time on who constructed with whom support better to ask urban ministry either regularize or demolish it.
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          1. Shruti Arora
            May 5, 2016 at 4:41 am
            Sainik Farms is a case of looting Public money and Public land .... Uber rich and big criminals living there ... whos who of fraudsters world like - VK Sharma of JVC scam fame , Pearl Group , Pal Infra , BB Sharma , Earth Infra, SRS's Goyal .... all the biggest names in criminal world live theere in palacial houses, many Italians and foreign nationals also call Sainik Farms their home .... SDMC babus are at their beck and call..... One acre farmhouse in Sainik Farms sells for around 80 crores !!! lt;br/gt;Kejriwal too has been bought by these uber rich ... Country Club at Sainik Farms membership is over 50 lakhs !!!
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