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Lokayukta probe ordered into encroachment by MLA to run ‘illegal zoo’

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered a Lokayukta inquiry against Asif Mohammed Khan,sitting MLA from Jasola,South Delhi,after finding “prima facie” evidence of encroachment on public land,on which he is allegedly running an “illegal” zoo.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 1:16:39 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered a Lokayukta inquiry against Asif Mohammed Khan,sitting MLA from Jasola,South Delhi,after finding “prima facie” evidence of encroachment on public land,on which he is allegedly running an “illegal” zoo.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also directed the city Wildlife department to carry out “immediate inspection” as well as surprise checks in the future to make sure no prohibited animals were kept by Khan in what he had earlier described his “private collection” of exotic birds and animals as a symbol of his “lineage and aristocracy”.

The court passed orders after standing counsel for Delhi Government Najmi Waziri adduced a demarcation report before the bench and highlighted spots encroached upon by Khan.

“The land belongs to the Delhi Development Authority and it is their acquired land. The portions,which are in the possession of Khan,are clearly marked in the demarcation report,prepared by the SDM concerned after a visit to the site,” said Waziri.

While Khan’s counsel sought to rely on the layout plan of the area,the court brushed aside his argument,noting that this demarcation map was prepared following a visit by the officers concerned. “Prima facie,the demarcation report shows encroachment by a sitting MLA. The matter should be inquired into by the Lokayukta. Let all the records be placed before the Lokayukta for conducting an appropriate inquiry,” said the bench.

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