NEW DELHI: In a major reprieve to violators, the Supreme Court on Friday extended by three months the March 29 deadline for sealing of illegally commercialised premises in the Capital's residential areas provided they give an undertaking to abide by the Court's order.

Ordering constitution of a committee to monitor the sealing drive beginning on March 29, Justice Y. K. Sabharwal and Justice C. K. Thakker said no more extension would be given after the new June 30 deadline to stop the misuse of residential premises. Directing those who want time to abide by its order to file an affidavit with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi by March 28, the Court made it clear that if the violators do not comply with the undertaking they would be proceeded with for the offence of perjury and contempt of court.

The Bench directed MCD to issue a public notice by Saturday about the officers before whom the affidavits have to be filed.

It said MCD would go ahead with the sealing drive as scheduled from March 29 against violators who fail to give an undertaking as per Friday's order. The Bench also clarified that ``sealing shall continue notwithstanding orders passed by any other courts''.

The order was passed after MCD counsel Harish Salve and Sanjib Sen and amicus curaie Ranjit Kumar apprised the Bench of the nitty-gritty of the situation prevailing after the February 16 judgment on the issue. The Court said those who were carrying out commercial activity prior to September 1962 and prior to the Master Plan would be allowed to continue provided ``they have not got their building sanctioned for residential purpose''. - PTI

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