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Delhi Underground: North rests its case

The civic corporations of North and South Delhi are locked in a debate on the ownership of their jointly held headquarters — the Civic Centre.

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Kanwariyas, or devotees of Lord Shiva, take a break on National Highway 58 in Ghaziabad. (Ravi Kanojia)

The civic corporations of North and South Delhi are locked in a debate on the ownership of their jointly held headquarters — the Civic Centre. While the South Delhi Municipal Corporation claims the ownership is yet to be decided, its North counterpart stakes claim to the property, saying it falls in its jurisdiction. To drive home the point, North Delhi mayor Ravinder Gupta said, “During the Partition, what was left in India became India’s and what was left in Pakistan became Pakistan’s, similarly the Civic Centre is the North’s property.”

Dy SP’s car stolen
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Waiting for orders
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New lawyers
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