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Deal with victims` cases separately: HC to DDA

Earlier, the High Court had come down heavily on DDA for delay for over 30 years in allotment of plots to 25,000 home seekers.



New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
directed the DDA to frame a comprehensive policy to deal with
the cases of applicants, who were injured in last Wednesday`s
blast when they had come to court to attend hearing of a PIL
in the Rohini Housing scheme case.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna directed the housing agency to treat the cases of the
blast victims separately.

"The persons who had applied for plots under the Rohini
Housing Scheme in 1981 and got injured in the September 7
Delhi High Court bomb blast shall be treated separately by
DDA," the bench said, while directing the agency to come out
with a comprehensive policy for the blast victims.

The order of the bench came on a submission by DDA`s
counsel Rajiv Bansal that it had come to the department`s
knowledge that some applicants, who had approached the court
for hearing of the PIL had received injuries in the blast and
that the department is going to consider their cases on an
out-of-turn basis.

Meanwhile, petitioner Rahul Gupta, who had received minor
injuries in the blast, informed the court that he along with
three other applicants had come to the court on the day of the
incident.

He also said that the leg of one of the four applicants
had to be amputated and DDA should consider his case at the
earliest.

Taking a serious view of the submissions made in the
petition that 25,000 applicants have been waiting for their
plots for the last several years, the court asked DDA as to
how it would compensate the applicants, now that it would
charge them the price prevailing on the day of the allotment.
"Tell us how do you want to properly compensate the
applicant who have been waiting for past several years," the
bench asked and directed the civic agency to file an affidavit
with the details of the number of plots it has carved out for
allotment.

To this, DDA`s counsel told the bench that 60 per cent
demarcation has been done and remaining 40 per cent would be
done within a week.

Earlier, the High Court had come down heavily on DDA for
delay for over 30 years in allotment of plots to 25,000 home
seekers.

The court was hearing petitions of various applicants,
including P K Choudhary who alleged that 25,000 people had
applied for middle-income, low-income and Janta (poor)
category plots of the housing scheme in 1981.

Earlier, the bench had questioned as to how DDA could
undertake various other housing projects, carry out draw of
lots and even hand over many LIG and MIG flats to cooperative
group housing societies in Rohini after 1981.

The DDA had in its affidavit told the court that it would
give physical possession of the plots to successful
applicants within one-and-half years and that the lay out
plans, regarding 21,328 plots, at various residential
pockets in Rohini have already been approved by a screening
committee.

PTI

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