The Delhi High Court remarked on Thursday that the court isn’t Shahjahan and we are not going to rebuild Shahjahanabad, ending a 15-year-old matter. The court further added that the 15-year-old case which is related to the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk area has lost its relevance. The court allowed the withdrawal of the petition filed by an NGO in 2007.
The bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani noted that the matter is too old to be given attention.
The court allowed the petitioner, NGO Manushi Sangathan to withdraw its plea, however it made it clear that all the civic bodies who are involved in the redevelopment work of the Chandni Chowk area shall continue to obey the directions passed by the court during the pendency of the matter.
The petition was filed by an NGO through advocate Indira Unninayar. She said that the purpose of the petition has been served and now the NGO wants to withdraw its petition.
“The case has been going on for the past 15 years and on a ‘broad and holistic level’, the purpose of the PIL has been served due to repeated orders and directions of the HC. Now the NGO seeks that it be wound up as it does not have the bandwidth and energy to pursue the matter any longer, given the prolonged timelines with little hope for any end in sight.”Advocate Indira Unninayar
Senior lawyer Sanjeev Ralli, representing the Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal, opposed the submission to withdraw the plea. He argued that the court’s earlier directions were not complied with by the authorities and a final report be called from the chief nodal officer.
Justice Mridul asked, “is it the court’s job to monitor? If they do not comply, you file a contempt petition. This court is not Shah Jahan. This court is not going to build Shahjahanabad.”
She further added that a petitioner cannot be stopped from withdrawing the plea.