“You are taking the supreme court of this country for a ride..the attitude is like we will do whatever we want you may say anything.this is nothing short of contempt ,this dadagiri has to stop”, Justice Madan B Lokur to DDA.
The Supreme Court today put on hold any further move by Delhi Development Authority to amend Delhi Master Plan 2021 aimed to give relief to commercial establishments from sealing.
The process was stayed as the bench headed by justice Madan B Lokur which was hearing M C Mehta Vs Union of India case pertaining to sealing was angry with the DDA as it had not filed an affidavit as per the court’s order on February 9 explaining if various assessments like environment impact, traffic, congestion and other safety aspects were made before going ahead with the amendment.
The non-filing of the affidavit was brought to the court’s attention by senior advocate Ranjit Kumar who is an amicus in the matter.
An angry justice Lokur remarked: “why will they file?They want people to die..see you are taking the supreme court of this country for a ride..the attitude is like we will do whatever we want you may say anything.this is nothing short of contempt, this dadagiri has to stop”
The order said: “Inspite of our order dated February 9 DDA, MCD and Delhi government have not filed an affidavit answering the nine questions raised by this court including environment impact assessment. This being the position further implementation of the amendment to the master plan is stayed”
The DDA has recently proposed bringing uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots, a move that would give respite to traders facing the threat of sealing.
As per the February 9 order, Delhi Development Authority, the Municipal Corporations in Delhi and the Delhi Government were to file an affidavit informing whether they have conducted any :