Sandeep Joshi

`Court should have considered other larger issues involved'

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court's latest direction ordering a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into charges against the tainted Municipal Corporation of Delhi engineers has caused panic among the engineers, particularly those belonging to the Building Department. Engineers who were till now trying to build pressure on the Municipal Commissioner in the wake of dismissal of 18 assistant engineers and suspension of other engineers are now on the back foot fearing more trouble ahead.

On Thursday, the court order also had a direct bearing on the Forum of MCD Engineers' ongoing dharna with the engineers trying to gauge the fallout of the order. "We are shocked. The court should have considered other larger issues involved in the case related to unauthorised constructions and illegal shops in residential areas as many other departments and officials are also to be blamed for it," said a striking engineer.

However, a group of engineers are happy with the court's order, particularly with the direction asking the CBI to probe the alleged nexus between the MCD officials and their political bosses responsible for unauthorised constructions. "Till now the civic body's Vigilance Department was targeting mainly Building Department engineers and shielding other senior civic body officials, particularly those holding the posts of deputy commissioners (DCs) who are in complete charge of their zone and hence responsible for all illegal activities going on in their areas. Apart from reverting a couple of DCs to their parent cadre, no severe action was taken against them. Now we can hope for some fair trail," said a suspended engineer.

The latest development is also making politicians in the civic body nervous as it is a well-known fact that councillors and local political leaders directly influence the working of the civic body and abet illegal activities in their constituencies. "Recently, names of many prominent politicians had come to light for allegedly having carried out unauthorised constructions in their houses and shops. But no action was initiated against them. But now the nexus of politicians and bureaucrats in the MCD will be exposed," said a sacked assistant engineer.