New Delhi, April 2: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government over its inability to stop encroachment in the national capital. The apex court also asked the Kejriwal government to ensure that protests against sealing of illegal shops should stop.
The court further said that it seems that the state government is playing with the life of people in Delhi. Earlier on March 26, the apex court had imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the government for not submitting a comprehensive action plan in the matter.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had submitted a notification in the Supreme Court that puts 351 city roads under commercial and mixed-use categories, in an attempt to save traders in these stretches from the ongoing sealing drive.
On March 21, representatives of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had met the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee to find a solution to the ongoing sealing drive in the city.
There have been series of protest by Delhi traders against the drive and traders have demanded that this exercise should stop immediately. Last year in December, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had started a sealing drive which was initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. The crackdown was against business establishments using residential areas for commercial purposes. On March 8, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had carried out the sealing drive in the old double storey area of Lajpat Nagar. A day after, nearly 400 shops were sealed by the SDMC.