New Delhi: In an order that would have a significant impact politically, the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking direction to suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in view of the second wave of the Covid19.
The court also slapped a Rs 1 lakh fine on petitioners and asserted that it was a ‘motivated plea’.
The order was passed by the division bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh.
The petition was filed by Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi.
BJP spokesman Sambit Patra quickly welcomed the court order. “Congress’ #ToolKitExposed yet again. They tried their best to scuttle the CentralVistaProject by spreading Falsehoods and Canards but got it back from the Court today,” he tweeted.
Patra also wrote: “The Petitioner has been fined as well. BJP National President Sh J P Nadda rightly said Sadhak Vs Badhak. Sadhak wins”.
In Hindi, Sadhav means a dedicated worker while Badhak is an eternal obstructionist.
The High Court also ruled that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order in question nowhere
prohibits construction work. The legality of the project has been upheld previously by the Supreme Court.