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Submit report on panel that probed Sainik Farms illegal construction, HC tells govt

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the government to give a detailed report on the functioning of a high-powered committee set up by the Lt-Governor in February this year to look into unauthorised construction in Sainik Farms.

The directions came after it was alleged that no steps had been taken till date to demolish the large number of illegal construction in the area despite numerous court orders.

During a hearing on a plea to demolish a particular farmhouse, the court of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath was informed that the L-G had already constituted a committee to look into the issue. The petitioner in the case, NGO Pardarshita Foundation, however, pointed out that no action had been taken against the unauthorised structures.

The committee includes the Delhi Home Secretary, Director of the Vigilance Department and the Deputy Commissioner of the South Municipal Corporation, among others. The high-level committee was expected to generate data regarding the unauthorised construction using scientific aids such as data from GSDL and Google Earth maps.

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The court has now asked the government to give a detailed affidavit on the number of meetings held by the committee, as well as the data received from the South corporation, Google Earth and other scientific aids. The court has also asked for information regarding the expected time in which the committee is likely to submit its report.

“Is anything being done? What steps has the committee taken?” the court said.

On the last date of hearing, the court had noted that there was a need to “send chills down the spine” of persons who indulged in unauthorised construction.