Ranchi, Aug. 22: Jharkhand High Court today pulled up the state government for failing to take action against builders who put up apartments without obeying norms and bylaws of Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) and Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC).
A division bench of Justices Narendra Nath Tiwari and P.P. Bhatt also asked urban development secretary A.K. Singh, the state government representative who was present in court, pointed questions on whether “action plan” had been drafted to deal with the glaring graft.
The two-member bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Har Narayan Lakhotia in 2011 on the “nexus” between builders and government officials, which allowed buildings flouting norms to come up.
The bench caustically observed that buildings were constructed in violation of sanctioned plans with help from authorities concerned.
The bench inquired about the action taken against officials found guilty of aiding builders and if a roadmap to remove illegal constructions was ready.
The urban development secretary told the court that his department was pursuing the matter “diligently” and an action plan “is on the anvil”.
Lakhotia, who had filed the PIL in March 2011, alleged government officials connived with builders to bend rules to their advantage. The high court had on March 23, 2011, ordered the CBI to probe the matter. The CBI, confirming allegations, told the high court on June 14, 2011, that builders were “in connivance with RRDA and RMC officials” to “violate norms at will”.