DDA files plea in HC stating Delhi police is supporting encroachment

By Accommodation Times News Services

delhi-high-court-Delhi High Court while, its hearing over the plea filed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) against city police alleging that the police city “facilitated and supported” illegal construction, asked police’s response over the allegation. On Monday DDA approached the Delhi High Court seeking directions to police to help demolish an illegal structure in East Delhi.

DDA has filed a written petition before the High Court alleging that residents of the Kirpal Cooperative group housing society in IP Extension had “encroached” on DDA land adjacent to their society. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) contended before Justice V K Shali that Delhi Police did not provide sufficient force despite several letters from the land-owning body.

The petition also contended that the encroachment/land-grabbing has been “facilitated, supported and encouraged by the police”.

The court issued notice to Delhi Police seeking its reply on DDA’s plea before the next date of hearing on December 8 and also ordered that “status quo be maintained” with respect to the construction on the land in question.

Advocate Rajeev Bansal, appearing for DDA, argued that the alleged illegal construction came up overnight on October 23- 24 and police, instead of acting upon the authority’s letters for lodging FIR and providing assistance for carrying out demolition, is behaving as a “mute spectator”.

Authorities further mentioned in plea that, despite their number of complaints, the police neither removed the illegal encroachment nor has it registered any FIR against the persons responsible for the encroachment and illegal construction. Always an attempt was made by officials of DDA to remove the encroachment, even though police was present, they were threatened of dire consequences.

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