Land acquisition rehab policy delayed,HC pulls up Chief Secy

Failure to frame a rehabilitation policy for people whose properties have been acquired for different public projects in the city compelled the Delhi government Chief Secretary to show up on Thursday before the Delhi High Court,which pulled him up for not only the delay in taking a policy decision but also for the unsatisfactory legal assistance by the government counsel in several cases.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2012 1:22 am

Failure to frame a rehabilitation policy for people whose properties have been acquired for different public projects in the city compelled the Delhi government Chief Secretary to show up on Thursday before the Delhi High Court,which pulled him up for not only the delay in taking a policy decision but also for the unsatisfactory legal assistance by the government counsel in several cases.

“It is not only about this matter… we come across several matters where the representation by the government’s counsel is inadequate. Half of the time,your lawyers don’t turn up and even if they do,they don’t have proper instructions. We warn you against taking the court casually,” a bench headed by Justice S K Kaul told Chief Secretary P K Tripathi.

The court was incensed by the fact that a bunch of seven petitions have been lingering in the court only on account of a non-decisive approach of the government to frame a policy on rehabilitation of persons whose property have been acquired by government departments other than the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Granting a last opportunity to place on record the final policy decision by the next date of hearing,the bench said if this was not done,the Chief Secretary will remain personally present in the court along with all the relevant records to assist the court in its decision.

On Thursday,Tripathi appeared in the court and expressed his helplessness in finalising the policy by contending there was a model code of conduct in place for the MCD polls. “However,we assure the court that as soon as the code of conduct is over,we will finalise our policy,” he submitted.

The court said it expected a better response from the government lawyers not only in this case but in all other cases. It expressed hope that the situation would improve once the court re-opens after a break in April first week.

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