Court notice to lawyer over encroachments in Delhi


New Delhi : Delhi High Court Wednesday served a show cause notice to a lawyer, a police official and civic officials for not obeying its previous order on removing encroachments in Ghazipur.

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A division bench comprising Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna pulled up advocate Manmohan Gupta, the station house officer of the Kalyanpuri police station, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials and the violators – Premvati and her two sons – for not complying with the order.

“It appears that not only the respondents but also the advocates and police are working hand in gloves,” said the bench while issuing show cause notices to all of them, asking why contempt of court proceedings cannot be initiated against them in three weeks.

The bench in its earlier order of Jan 31 had asked the DDA to clean up the rubble and remove the encroachers from the place so that the obstruction from the road can be removed.

“Instead of protecting the interest of a common man the agency has favoured the people who have not abided by the law of the land,” the bench ruled.

Stating that there was a dereliction of the duties by the advocate who represents the encroachers and the DDA officials, the bench said strict action would be taken against those found guilty.

“We haven’t issued any stay order on our previous order, so how dare the advocate write to the police commissioner that no police force is required for removing the rubble from the said place?” the bench asked.

The court has also sought an action taken report from DDA by Jan 19, asking it to take action against the erring officials for not performing their duties.