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Delhi High Court slams SDMC over Unauthorised Construction at Graveyard

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Aishwarya Rathore-

Published On: September 26, 2021 at 14:59 IST

The Delhi High Court sought response from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to explain why unauthorised construction and encroachment were permitted in and around a Graveyard on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi.

The High Court said that the pictures on record revealed encroachment on Public pathways and Delhi Waqf Board land.

Justice Najmi Waziri stated, “Let the Deputy Commissioner of the SDMC file an Affidavit explaining why the unauthorised construction and encroachment were allowed to come up in the first place and fix responsibility upon the officers, who may be found derelict in their duties.”

The Court further stated, “The Affidavit shall also explain as to why the Order of Division Bench dated July 16 has not been complied with.”

On July 16, the Delhi High Court ordered that if any encroachment is found at the Graveyard by the Authorities, a Decision shall be made after giving proper hearing to the owners or occupiers of the premises, and it shall be removed in accordance with the law.

The Petition was filed by Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, demanding the demolition or sealing of an encroachment in the form of Illegal construction on public land at the Graveyard here, which is maintained by the Delhi Waqf Board.

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