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Corporation shall defer the demolition action for a period of two weeks to enable the respondent to avail their remedy before Municipal Corporation : High Court of Delhi

The Corporation shall defer the demolition action for a period of two weeks from today to enable the respondent  to avail of their remedy before AT-MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) and was held by the High Court of Delhi through the learned bench led by HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SANJEEV SACHDEVA  in the case of VINEETA SINGH VERMA vs. SDMC & ORS (W.P.(C) 12376/2021) on 09 th March, 2022.

Brief facts of the case are that Petitioner seeks a direction against the respondent-Corporation to demolish the alleged unauthorized structure raised by respondent no. 2 and 3 in respect of the first floor Flat No. 6/6213, Sector-C, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi and Flat No. C-6215, Sector-C, Pocket-VI, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

Learned Counsel for Respondent submits that the construction is unauthorized, same has been booked and even a demolition order passed. And submits that a regularization application was filed by respondent no. 2, however the same has already been rejected on the ground that the major portion of the unauthorized construction is not regularizable as per the building bye-laws.

Learned counsel submits that the demolition action has been proposed for 14th and 15th March, 2022 against the unauthorized construction carried out by respondent no. 2 and 3 and said respondents are in Canada and they are likely to come to India on 14.03.2022. He prays that the demolition action be deferred for a period of 10 days to enable the said respondents to approach the Appellate Tribunal-MCD against the order of demolition and also the order of rejection for regularization application.

Learned counsel submits that the application for regularization has been wrongly rejected and further the construction is protection under the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006.This is disputed by learned counsel appearing for the petitioner. Keeping in view the fact that the respondent-Corporation has already initiated action against the unauthorized construction, this petition is disposed of with liberty to respondent no. 2 and 3 to approach the AT-MCD in accordance with law.

The Court opined that the Corporation shall defer the demolition action for a period of two weeks from today to enable the respondent no. 2 and 3 to avail of their remedy before AT-MCD. It is clarified that this protection shall be available to the said respondents for a period of two weeks or listing of the appeal whichever is earlier. It is further clarified that AT-MCD shall consider the appeal, if any, filed in accordance with law without being influenced by anything stated in this order.

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Judgment reviewed by – Amit Singh

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