Staff Reporter

Civic body has given three days' time to submit the explanation

A majority of the leaders who have been served notices belong to the CongressThe court has asked the civic body to file an "action taken report" on January 31

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing political drama over the issue of unauthorised constructions carried out by prominent politicians in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Friday served notices to at least 18 politicians including Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh, Delhi Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma, leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi and Mayor Satbir Singh for alleged violations of building by-laws.

A majority of the leaders who have been served notices belong to the Congress. The list also includes the names of the Chief Minister's MP son Sandeep Dikshit, four Delhi Government Ministers -- A. K. Walia, Mangat Ram Singhal, Yoganand Shastri and Arvinder Singh Lovely -- MCD Standing Committee Chairman Mukesh Goel and Delhi Jal Board Vice-Chairperson and Congress MLA Anjali Rai.

Similarly Congress MLAs Mukesh Sharma, Prahlad Singh Sawhney and Malaram Gangwal besides party councillor Suresh Yadav have also been sent notices. The other Bharatiya Janata Party leader to get a notice is the party's Chief Whip and legislator Sahib Singh Chauhan.

The civic body has given three days' time to these leaders to submit their explanation on the same.

The MCD has asked these leaders to explain their position on alleged misuse of property and illegal constructions that they have carried out as reported by the media and also noted by the Delhi High Court in one its order while hearing the case on unauthorised constructions in the Capital. For instance, clarifications have been sought from Ms. Dikshit and her son for misuse of property and violation of building by-laws, other leaders have been asked to clarify their stand regarding reports in the media.

Though all efforts to contact Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam proved futile, a Deputy Commissioner confirmed that notices have been sent to these leaders, which they will receive on Saturday. The court has asked the civic body to file an "action taken report" on the same at the next hearing scheduled for January 31, while the Mayor has asked the Municipal Commissioner to submit the status report at the special House convened on January 30.

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