RTI power: L&DO complies with CIC-verdict by initiating enquiry on present status of 7 Jantar Mantar Road, New delhi (see attachments)

Posted Friday January 22, 2016 by Subhash Chandra Agrawal

RTI Power

It refers to CIC-verdict dated 30.12.2015 in petition-number CIC/KY/A/2015/000810-YA which made Land & Development Office (Union Ministry of Urban Developement – MoUD) initiate a complete enquiry on present status of prime-property 7 Jantar Mantar Road (New Delhi) which once used to be country’s power-centre housing headquarters of undivided Congress party ruling the country till the year 1969 before great split in the Congress party. Documents received in compliance to the CIC-verdict reveal that MoUD had declined to entertain a deed executed on 30.04.1977 by Ashok Mehta, the then President of Indian National Congress in favour of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Smarak Trust. It is a known fact that this prime-property in Leyton’s zone of New Delhi is presently in very bad condition with its every room and open space encroached/occupied by vendors, Non-Government-Organisations (NGOs) and others evidently with no clarity about ownership of the building.

 Present status of the building built on prime-land provided by MoUD at highly subsidized cost under government-policy to provide land to political parties, puts a big question-mark on such a policy where there is no clarity about ownership of any building made on land provided to a political party after division in the political party. Also since political parties and Union government are not in favour of complying with CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013 holding political parties under purview of RTI Act, it is totally unjustified for government to indirectly fund political parties through heavily subsidized land. Union and state governments must not any more allot property including also land, building, floors, apartments etc to political parties. Present buildings built on subsidized land to political parties may become government-property in case of division in the party.

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