Sealing drive: Apex court lashes out at Centre, DDA

The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi on Sept 1, 2014. The government Monday told the Supreme Court that they stood by its verdict holding allocation of coal blocks since 1993 as illegal, and was ready to auction these blocks if they are cancelled but sought exceptions for some mines which were operational.. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre and the Delhi Development Authority for not taking any concrete steps to check commercial activities going on in residential areas The bench was headed by Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and also comprised Justice Deepak Gupta. It questioned what has the Central government done.

The Central government submitted to the apex court that there was a separate clause in the Master Plan for commercial activities. If certain clauses were found to be wrong, then these would be removed.

Arguments by the Union of India and the Delhi government would continue on Monday.
Observations of the Supreme Court came during the hearing of multiple petitions, including that of environmentalist M C Mehta, in connection with the sealing issue, which has affected traders, small and large.

The sealing drive was carried out by authorities concerned, in unauthorised and illegal areas, where the commercial activities were being carried out illegally.