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Supreme Court directs AAP to vacate its Delhi office by June 15

The AAP's party headquarters is situated on that land

Supreme Court directs AAP to vacate its Delhi office by June 15

The top court says the Delhi High Court is in urgent need of the allotment of premises for housing the new recruits, for which courtrooms were not available



Tribune News Service

Satya Prakash

New Delhi, March 4

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Aam Aadmi Party to vacate by June 15 a bungalow on land allotted to the Delhi High Court for expansion of judicial infrastructure in the national capital.

The AAP's party headquarters is situated on that land.

A Bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud -- which had last month pulled up the AAP for encroaching on the land meant for expansion of judicial infrastructure -- however, allowed the AAP to apply to the Land and Development Office (L&DO) of the Centre for alternative land.

"In view of impending general election, we grant time till June 15 to vacate the premises so that land allotted to extend district judiciary footprint can be duly utilised on an expeditious basis," the Bench said.

"We permit the AAP to move the Centre (L&DO) for allotment of land and LN&DO to process the application in accordance with law in the meantime and communicate its decision within four weeks," it said.

The top court said the Delhi High Court was in urgent need of the allotment of premises for housing the new recruits, for which courtrooms were not available.

Noting that the the MTNL building, which was earlier proposed, has been found to be unsuitable, it directed the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government to come up with an alternative proposal in two weeks and communicate it to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Anguished to know that the AAP has built its office at Rouse Avenue in the national capital over a piece of land originally allotted to the Delhi High Court for expansion of judicial infrastructure, the Supreme Court had last month directed the Delhi government and the Delhi High Court Registrar General to hold a meeting for removal of the encroachment.

“How can a political party sit tight on that? Unencumbered possession must be given to the High Court,” the CJI-led Bench had said while hearing a plea related to the condition of district judiciary in India.

"No one can take law into their own hands ... how can a political party sit tight on that? Unencumbered possession must be given to the High Court. What will the High Court use it for -- only for the public and citizens? Why was the land then allotted to the High Court?" the CJI had wondered.

The top court had asked the Delhi Chief Secretary, Secretary, Delhi Public Works Department, and the Finance Secretary of the NCT government to convene a meeting to find a solution to the issue after amicus curiae K Parameshwar informed the Bench that a political party has set up its office on the land in question.

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