Supreme Court Blames Influential People for Illegal Real Estate Construction

Published: August 27, 2009
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The Supreme Court today came down heavily on economically affluent people, bureaucrary and civic body officials for mushrooming illegal real estate construction in the country and ruled file notings by ministers or officials do not have any legal validity. “Economically affluent people and those having support of the political and executive apparatus of the state have constructed buildings, commercial complexes, multiplexes, malls etc. in blatant violation of the municipal and town planning laws, master plans, zonal development plans and even sanctioned building plans”, said a bench of Justices B N Aggarwal and G S Singhvi in a judgement.

“In most of the cases of illegal or unauthorized constructions, the officers of the municipal and other regulatory bodies turn blind eye either due to the influence of higher functionaries of the State or other extraneous reasons, the bench observed.”In most of the cases of illegal or unauthorized constructions, the officers of the municipal and other regulatory bodies turn a blind eye either due to the influence of higher functionaries of the state or other extraneous reasons, it said.

The apex court also said file notings ministers or officials do not have any legal validity. Its ruling came while dismissing an appeal filed by Sathish Khosla, President of Shanti Sports Club of India which claimed to run a cricket academy at a village in Delhi. One of the pleas of the club was that its illegally constructed sports club should not be demolished as the then Minister for Urban Development in 1999 had noted in his file that the construction be regularised.

Source: Indian Realty News


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