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SC questions Delhi govt on illegal constructions

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday posed searching questions to the Delhi government on the issue of rampant unauthorised constructions in the national capital and asked whether it was prepared to stop them.
A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the Delhi government should reply to its queries in 'yes' or 'no' on the issue.
"Are you (government) interested in stopping unauthorised constructions? Is the Delhi government prepared to stop illegal constructions in Delhi or not? We are asking you a simple question. Answer in yes or no," the bench told the counsel appearing for the government.
Responding to the court's queries, the counsel said "yes" and told the bench that the city government would file an affidavit in this regard.
The court directed the Delhi government to file an affidavit indicating the exact plan to stop unauthorised constructions.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing on February 15 next year.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation had on Thursday told the apex court that it was taking action against illegal constructions in its area from time to time.
The court had earlier said the rule of law over sanction to construct buildings has "completely broken down".
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