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Delhi High Court seeks police, civic body response to plea on ‘unauthorised’ construction

The counsel for the corporation, however, opposed the plea, claiming that the corporation was a “soft target.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 3, 2015 1:34:12 am

The Delhi High Court issued notice to the DCP (South District) Wednesday after taking note of allegations that unauthorised buildings, demolished by municipal corporations, were being reconstructed and people were residing in them.

The bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the South corporation and police to file their responses, after a PIL alleged that the corporation had filed a “false affidavit” of the buildings being demolished.

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The PIL pertains to illegal buildings allegedly constructed on government land in Mehrauli and Neb Sarai areas of South Delhi. The petitioner has alleged that local corporation officials had “taken bribes” to allow residential buildings to come up in the area. He further showed pictures of a building that the corporation — in a earlier affidavit — had claimed to have demolished, with residents occupying the constructed flats.

The counsel for the corporation, however, opposed the plea, claiming that the corporation was a “soft target.”

“We can’t do anything on our own. We issue stop-work notices and carry out demolition but the construction continues. We have no authority to actually stop the construction. It is police which has to take action when we issue the notices,” said corporation counsel Ajay Arora.

The bench has asked the petitioner to hand over the photographs and the affidavit regarding the “unauthorised” construction to the corporation, and has asked the civic body to file an “adequate response” within two weeks. It has also sought responses from police on the allegation of its “negligence”.

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