NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Thursday raised questions on the recent amendment to the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) by the government, saying that Centre is "legalizing the illegal."
According to the amendment, unauthorized constructions up to June 1, 2014 would be protected from punitive action. "What was illegal in the previous Act has become legal in the new one (amended Act). Your (Centre) government is legalizing what has been illegal," a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva observed and added, "somebody should challenge it".
The bench also said that if status quo needs to be maintained with respect to such properties, then no further unauthorized construction should take place. The court said that it will, however, interpret the amendment later. The observations came while the court was hearing an NGO's PIL against unauthorized constructions in Sainik Farms in south Delhi. The bench made the remarks after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) informed the court that as per the amended law, all unauthorised constructions up to June one last year, are protected from punitive action.
The bench adjourned the matter till March 25 and said that the government should take a decision regarding a policy for the regularization of unauthorized colonies by then.