New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Deputy Speaker
Amrish Gautam was on Tuesday rebuked by the Delhi High Court for
challenging city Lokayukta`s order for a probe into an illegal
construction at his residence in east Delhi and directed by
the court to either demolish it or face the music.
Justice Hima Kohli ticked off Gautam after his counsel
admitted that some portion of the construction was indeed
"If you yourself admit that there is some unauthorised
construction, why don`t you demolish the illegal part and get
clearance from the civic agency?", Justice Kohli asked.
Guatam`s counsel, however, refused to give any
undertaking to the court. At this, the court asked him to file
written reply by July 22 explaining to it as to what action he
wants to take "to save" his property.
The order came on Gautam`s plea challenging the May 30
order of the Lokayukta, who had rejected his claim of immunity
against probe into the alleged unauthorised construction at
his property in East Delhi.
Deputy Speaker Gautam had contended before Lokayoukta
that the anti-corruption watchdog was not empowered to probe
into Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Councillor Preeti
Behan`s allegation, accusing him of having undertaken
unauthorised construction at his property, bought in 1989.
The MCD councillor had approached the Lokayukta for a
probe into alleged unauthorised construction of 109 square
meter in Gautam`s property at Khichripur in East Delhi.
"According to the constitutional scheme, the deputy
speaker does not enjoy any immunity and the allegations of
breach of norms are related to a period when he was only an
MLA," the Lokayukta had said rejecting Gautam`s plea.