SC Committee recommends contempt proceedings against MCD, PC
4 November, 2006

The Supreme Court appointed monitoring committee in its fresh report
filed in the court has recommended initiation of contempt of court
proceedings against MCD commissioner A K Nigam and Delhi Police
commissioner K K Paul for not resuming the sealing of about 41,000
commercial premises who had filed affidavit of undertakings.

The monitoring committee has recommended to the Supreme Court that since
the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi police are
deliberatly flouting the directions of the court given in its order
dated September 29 directing the MCD to resume the sealing of premises
operating from residencial areas in Delhi.

Despite having given an undertaking to the court that the traders would
cease their commercial activities on their own latest by June 30, 2006
and the deadline being finally extended till October 31, the sealing was
NOT resumed from Novomber 1.

It could not be resumed due to the traders agitation and the monitoring
committee had directed the MCD to start sealing from today.

The police commissioner was also told to provide security to the MCD
officials on sealing duty but the process was not resumed by the
authorities on the grounds that their may be a serious law and order

The Supreme Court is going to hear the applications filed by the centre,
Delhi govt and MCD seaking to defer the sealing process on November 6.

The Court is also likely to consider the recommendations of the
monitoring committee.




Govt defers sealing drive in New Delhi
Published: Friday, 3 November, 2006, 01:01 PM Doha Time

NEW DELHI: Citing law and order problems, the government said yesterday
it will not be able to start the sealing drive against illegal
commercial establishments in residential areas in the Indian capital
till Monday.

The government’s position was stated by a high-powered Group of
Ministers (GOM), headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee,
which also decided to approach the apex court again seeking compensation
for over 44,000 affected traders.

"The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will approach the Supreme
Court will and apprise it of the difficulty on the ground in carrying
out sealing in the present tense situation," Urban Development Minister
Jaipal Reddy told newsmen here after the meeting.

The court appointed monitoring committee wrote a letter to the civic
authorities to resume sealing drive, but the government said it was
difficult to do so at present.

"Its difficult to conduct sealing in Delhi. The situation is tense,"
Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy told reporters after the GoM

The GoM also decided to approach the apex court again seeking
compensation for over 44,000 affected traders.