‘How can political parties grab Delhi HC land?’: Supreme Court on AAP office

New Delhi: Expressing its strong displeasure towards the Aam Aadmi Party, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wondered how a political party could grab the Delhi High Court land in the national capital.

A bench headed by CJI DY Chandrachud asked, “How can a political party remain silent on that (land allotted to Delhi HC)?” It said “free possession” of the plot should be given to the HC immediately.

Advocate Parmeshwar informed the court that when HC officials went to take possession of the land, they were allegedly stopped by officials of a political party (AAP). This petition is related to the issue of judicial infrastructure across the country.

Delhi government law secretary Bharat Parashar said the land was lying with AAP since 2016. He said that they are occupying the land legally. However, the top court intervened and said the land should be returned immediately.

In its order, the court directed the Delhi government to convene a meeting with the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court to ensure compliance with the direction. Apart from the CJI, the other two judges who were part of the three-judge bench of the apex court were Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra.

AAP denies allegations of encroachment

A day after the Supreme Court rapped the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for encroaching on land originally allotted to the Delhi High Court, the party has denied the allegations and accused the Center of making false representations to mislead the top court. Accused of giving.

“The Aam Aadmi Party strongly and unequivocally denies that the political headquarters of the Party located at Rouse Avenue, Delhi has been built on encroached land. It is appalling that the Central Government has made false representations to mislead the Hon’ble Supreme Court. We will submit documents before the Honorable Court which will clearly show that the land has been allotted to the Aam Aadmi Party by the Delhi Government. Note, since 1992 the same land has been allotted to IAS officers and three ministers. Any There has been no encroachment of any kind,” the party statement read.

It further said, “We will present all valid documents before the Supreme Court along with our reply.”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed surprise and displeasure that AAP is encroaching on land originally allotted to the Delhi High Court for infrastructure expansion.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said, “How can a political party sit quietly on that land? What will the High Court use it for? Only for the public and citizens. Why allocate the land? I went?” Then the High Court?”

Delhi Government’s Law Secretary Bharat Parashar had told the Supreme Court that the said land was with the Aam Aadmi Party since 2016. He said that the Land and Development Officer had already been informed about this and the process of allotting another land had been started. Work is going on for the political party.

“It was a bungalow which was occupied by a minister and later taken over by a political party,” the law secretary told the bench.

The court has now fixed the hearing on February 19.