Staff Reporter

`Terminate all tainted officers'

Criminal proceedings against guilty sought `Selective demolition drive on'

NEW DELHI: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president Harsh Vardhan has charged that corrupt councillors and senior Municipal Corporation of Delhi officials have taken bribes from the accused senior engineers and officers who were behind the illegal constructions and were now trying to protect them. "Therefore, instead of punishing all the 933 people found guilty, they are targeting only 94."

Demanding that services of all the guilty officers and engineers be terminated and criminal proceedings started against them, Dr. Vardhan said membership of the corrupt councillors who encouraged illegal constructions should also be cancelled and they should be prosecuted.

Pointing out that during the tenure of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from 2001 to 2005 though 18,271 illegal constructions had been recorded in the MCD documents, the BJP leader said actually the number of illegal structures ran into lakhs.

Charging that the most corrupt in the MCD had taken bribes from people and then also booked their properties for violations, Dr. Vardhan said these officials and engineers showed on papers that the illegal structures had been demolished.

They even charged money from the civic body for disposal of debris after demolition, he added.

Accusing some councillors of turning Delhi into a slum, he said these people have earned a lot during the demolition drive.

"By conniving with the demolition squad these people stopped demolition of those properties from whose owners they had taken bribe and the properties of only those people were demolished who were unable to offer bribes."

The BJP leader said the anti-encroachment drive started by the MCD had not touched the properties of influential people and only the illegal structures of the weaker sections were demolished.

Noting that the Vigilance Department of the MCD had found 933 engineers and officers guilty, the Delhi BJP president wondered why all of them were not being punished.