Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: After Monday's strictures, Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said the Group of Ministers (GoM) decided to implement the Supreme Court orders on sealing the premises of the traders who filed affidavits to end misuse of their residential premises in the capital.

" It is for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the court-appointed Monitoring Committee to decide on the formalities of the sealing drive."

The GoM would apprise the Cabinet of the real situation and ground realities.

"We have been left with no option but to implement the court orders as of today,'' Mr. Reddy told reporters after a GoM meeting here.

He was non-committal on the government issuing an ordinance to stop the sealing drive from resuming. Mr. Reddy said the Union Government, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and even the Delhi Government in the last stage had gone to the Supreme Court time and again to seek relief for the people of Delhi. ``We have done our best to get some kind of concession for the traders from Supreme Court.

No doubt the situation is very difficult but we have no other option,'' he remarked.

Mr. Reddy said the official copy of Monday's court judgment has still not come.

The Ministry would study the copy and review it after they get hold of it.

It is learnt the GoM, headed by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, discussed the law and order situation and Police Commissioner K.K. Paul, who was present at the meeting, was directed to ensure that no public property was destroyed.

Vandalism on the roads should not be allowed.

The issue of deployment of para-military forces to help MCD officials in the sealing drive also came up for discussion but no decision was taken on how to go about it.

It is understood that the GoM felt that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be informed about the situation and if he so desired he could convene an all-party meeting to discuss the whole issue.

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