New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that sealing of illegal and unauthorised construction in Delhi should be done without giving any advance notice. The top court also sought Centre’s response on discarding the rule which mandates 48 hours advance notice to be given to violators before taking action. Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States
Earlier, the apex court had warned those obstructing the government officials from carrying out the sealing of unauthorised and illegal constructions in Delhi would be sent directly to the Tihar jail from the court. Also Read - Sudarshan TV Row: 'Free Speech, Not Hatred,' Supreme Court Says Media Self-regulation System Toothless
The stern warning came from a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, which accepted an unconditional apology tendered by Mukesh Suryan, the chairman of the wards committee of the Najafgarh zone, against whom allegations were levelled that he had threatened the officials.
The Forum of MCD Engineers had alleged in the apex court that Suryan had threatened the officials when they had gone to seal unauthorised constructions as per directions of the court-mandated monitoring committee.
The apex court on April 4 had made strong statements on the Centre, Delhi government and civic agencies for their failure to stop unauthorised constructions in the city and said “lungs” of the people, especially the children, damaged due to the inaction of the authorities. SC also said due to the continued inaction of the authorities, the people are suffering from severe health problems such as pollution, lung disease and other issues such as parking are arising due to the illegal constructions.
SC is hearing arguments on the validity of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislation which protects unauthorised construction from being sealed. It earlier ordered to identify and seal the illegal and offending structures in the city under restoration of 2006 monitoring committee
The monitoring committee was set up on 24 March 2006.