NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Monday ordered desealing of a commercial tower in luxury hotel Le Meridien, granting relief to more than 90 occupants of the premises.
Justice Indermeet Kaur set aside the sealing order passed by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on the ground that the civic agency acted unilaterally, without issuing notice to the occupants who are sub-licensee of the hotel.
“Petitioners have not been granted hearing or issued show cause notice.. Hence order is not sustainable,” the court observed while asking NDMC to file a reply
HC however, allowed the agency to go ahead and pass a “speaking order” before taking further action of sealing, even as NDMC alleged that current owners of the hotel have sold off the tower to private parties who in turn rented out the commercial space, in violation of the original agreement between C J International and the Council.
NDMC’s allegations came after HC sought to know from 27 of the occupants, who had moved court against sealing order, if they owe any dues to either the agency or CJ International. In response, senior advocate Amit Sibal, informed the court that sub-licensees have made one-time payment to the hotel and there are no more dues to be paid, except maintenance charges.
As carried in TOI on 13/9/2017