Delhi HC: Stop encroachments at Chandni Chowk or face action.

The Delhi High Court has warned of serious action against the MCD and the police if they failed to stop encroachments at the Chandni Chowk area in the walled city.

A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar said that despite the order of the Supreme Court that police would be held responsible for encroachments in the Chandni Chowk area, “we find that the orders are not being complied with”.

The petition was filed by Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal (Regd.) while respondents were  Delhi Police Through Commissioner Of Police & Ors.

Chandni Chowk  is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. It is located close to the historic Red Fort.

While hearing a petition filed by the Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal against encroachments in the area, the bench observed that “We may note that despite the order was passed by the Supreme Court observing that Chandni Chowk area as a no vending zone and in case any encroachment occurred the police would he held responsible for the same, we find that the orders are not being complied with.”

The bench also took into account some photographs of the area submitted by the petitioner, which showed that the place was full of encroachments.

“We make it clear that in case MCD and Delhi Police are not able to comply with the order passed by the Supreme Court, then we will be forced to call the senior officers from both the departments to court and initiate appropriate action,” the bench said.

The court fixed the matter for October 26.


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