Staff Reporter

Demolition order pending since June last year: BJP Councillor

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party councillor and member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Vijender Gupta, on Tuesday alleged that Chief Sheila Dikshit and her MP son, Sandeep Dikshit, had committed major violations in their houses at Nizamuddin in South Delhi by flouting building bylaws.

"Ms. Dikshit moved in the Delhi Assembly a controversial resolution to regularise their unauthorised constructions that was later notified," he said, adding that her house in Nizamuddin East violated the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act as well as the Preservation of Historical Monuments and Heritage Buildings Act.

Mr. Gupta further alleged that her son, who is the MP from East Delhi, has opened his office at the basement of his house that was illegal. An MCD demolition order regarding unauthorised constructions in his property was pending since June last year and the civic body was still to act, he claimed.

Similarly, the brother-in-law of Ms. Dikshit's sister, Rama Dhawan, who also handles the Chief Minister's affairs in her constituency, bought a property in the same area in September last year against which a demolition order was pending, the BJP councillor claimed.

Reacting to the charges, the Chief Minister's Office said the B-2 first floor Nizamuddin East flat of Ms Dikshit was a single-floor one and was bought by her as a readymade one on October 18, 1995, from Ms Pahawa and the MCD had also issued the completion certificate on January 2, 1990.

As for the A-4, Nizamuddin East house, it said there is no second floor and as such the allegation that it is owned by Ajay Dhawan was factually incorrect.

For his part, Mr. Dikshit said the basement of 5 Jaipur Estate was bought on September 11, 1993, from Sarla Devi Saran and others and the completion certificate was issued by the MCD on August 25, 1993, to the original owners.