Haryana town planning head faces contempt of court

For disobeying court directions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday held director of Haryana town and country planning department,T C Gupta,guilty of contempt of court.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 24, 2012 2:50:50 am

For disobeying court directions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday held director of Haryana town and country planning department,T C Gupta,guilty of contempt of court. Despite the high court ordering a status quo that fresh licenses for construction will not be issued in Gurgaon,Gupta allegedly issued a licence for construction to a private builder.

The case pertains to constructions at sectors 63 and 67 in Gurgaon. After these sectors were developed,it was found that some of the internal roads were culminating into dead ends. Also,there was a drain flowing between the sectors. To provide a solution to the problem,the Haryana government had decided to further develop and extend these sectors.

However,a Gurgaon resident moved the high court last year,alleging that some private builders have benefitted after being illegally granted license for further construction in these sectors. Taking note,the court,on August 18,2011 had ordered that status quo will prevail on further construction in these sectors.

Despite the orders,a private builder was allegedly given fresh licence for construction of a colony. The matter was brought to the notice of the high court and it issued showcause contempt notices to Gupta two months ago. On Monday,convinced that he has committed contempt of court,the court held him guilty.

This,after the Haryana law officer asserted that the orders of status quo was on new allotments and the issue before the court pertained to group housing societies and common area,while the licence was issued for plotted colony.

Unimpressed,the court held Gupta guilty and posted the matter for resumed hearing on July 30.

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