Staff Reporter

Under scanner for violating building by-laws in the Capital

NEW DELHI: Moving swiftly to comply with the Delhi High Court order, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to issue notices to all political leaders who have come under the scanner for violating building by-laws in the Capital.

Prominent among those who will be served notices are State Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma, Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh, Delhi Jal Board vice-chairperson Anjali Rai and MLAs Mukesh Sharma, Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal and Prahlad Singh Sawhney.

This was decided at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence on Wednesday. It was attended by Dr. Walia, MCD Commissioner Ashok Kumar Nigam and other senior officials. It is learnt that the MCD Commissioner said he was bound by the court order and all names mentioned by the court would be served show cause notices asking why action for demolition of their illegal structures, if any, should not be taken as per law. These leaders would be asked to submit their replies to the MCD within a stipulated time frame and certify the legality of the buildings.

The Delhi High Court order seeking an action taken report on illegal constructions carried out by city politicians in their commercial as well as residential premises has already sent the MLAs of the ruling party as well as the Opposition into a tizzy.

The current demolition drive, marred by allegations of favouritism, pick-and-choose policy and efforts to undermine the orders of the court, has kept the bulldozers away from many high profile structures including huge showrooms that dot the Capital in violation of the building bylaws.

However, the official machinery as well as the political leadership got a jolt on Tuesday when the Delhi High Court reprimanded the MCD as well as the Delhi Government for sparing the high and mighty.

It sought an action taken report on violations of building bylaws by the political leaders as well as other such categories.

A large number of MLAs and political leaders of the ruling as well as the Opposition have come under scrutiny for working against the spirit of the law of the land.

The Chief Minister was informed that the court had sought a reply by January 31 on what action had been taken by the civic authorities to remove illegal constructions and unauthorised buildings owned by political leaders and their relatives in various parts of the Capital.