The Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed the construction of the Samajwadi Party (SP) office here on Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) plea seeking handing over of the land to it on the ground that it was earlier allocated to it.
As per the plea, the ministry of urban development July 2, 1985 allotted 2.0524 acres of land to Director General of Civil Aviation, AAI for construction of residential complex for its officers near Vasant Vihar institutional area.
The construction, however, could not take place on time and the government cancelled the allotment. The ministry, in 2002, cancelled the AAI’s allotment and later allotted the land to SP, Janata Dal-United and Mizo Peace Foundation for construction of their offices.
The AAI moved the high court challenging the ministry’s decision of cancelling its allotment and handing the land back to it. The plea also sought status quo order on the land after SP started construction. Justice Manmohan, in the interim order Wednesday, stayed the construction by the SP, saying “status quo should be maintained on the land”, and posted the matter for Aug 25.
Advocate Sumit Pushkarna appearing for the central government told the court the allotment to political parties is lawful and construction is as per plan. SP’s counsel also told the court it had started construction and basement part had been dug.
Meanwhile, the JD-U has been allotted the land while the Mizo Peace Foundation is in the process of allotment of land.