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Sealing can't be done in Delhi under law: Jain

NEW DELHI: The AAP on Monday said that Monitoring Committee made by the Supreme Court cannot do the sealing of Amar Colony or Lajpat Nagar area because these areas are under Special Provision Act of Delhi. Delhi's Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain said, "To do the sealing of these places the Monitoring Committee should take permission from the Supreme Court."

"Some newspapers are reporting that sealing is being done in Amar Colony on the direction of the Monitoring Committee. This cannot be done as the Special Provisions Act is applicable in Delhi. As per the Act, any building built before 2009 cannot be acted against until 2020. If the Monitoring Committee wants to undertake any demolition or take any action, it must take permission from the Supreme Court before doing so. Sealing cannot be carried out in Amar Colony because all buildings in Amar Colony are pre-2009 and have protection under the law," he said.

The minister added that not just in Amar Colony, but all parts of Delhi are covered under this. If sealing is carried on despite this, it will be in gross violation of the Special Provisions Act and an Act of Parliament will have no meaning left. "The sealing must be stopped immediately,"

said Jain.

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