I did not meet caught builder in recent months: Delhi minister



New Delhi: Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia tonight dismissed as "mischievous" reports that Amritpal Singh, owner of the collapsed building in East Delhi, had met him and informed about the accumulation of water in the premises.

Accumulation of flood water in the basement has been identified as one of the reasons for collapse of the building in east Delhi's Lalita Park on Monday night in which 67 people have lost their lives.

In a statement, Walia said he had not met Singh "in recent months" and hence the question of the owner informing him of accumulation of water in the building does not arise.

"The allegations are far away from truth," Walia said.

Claiming that he followed all rules in construction of the five-storeyed building, Singh reportedly said he had told "ministers personally about the details of the building."

Singh, who was arrested last night, has 25 criminal cases registered against him, including on the charge of attempt to murder and adulteration of building material.

Delhi Government has already ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

Over 60 families, mostly labourers from West Bengal, were living in the cramped quarters of the 15-year-old building where an illegal fifth floor was under construction.

-PTI