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Breather for civic body top official

Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner Kuldip Narayan is here to stay, at least for some more time.

The Supreme Court is learnt to have dismissed the plea of the state government on Tuesday seeking intervention of the apex court in transfer of Narayan in a special leave petition for setting aside a Patna High Court order.

The high court restricted the government from transferring Narayan without its permission. A hearing in this regard was held on Monday.

“Though we have not received a copy of the order but the Supreme Court has asked the state government to pursue the matter at the high court only,” said a senior official in the state urban development and housing department.

However, additional advocate-general Ray Shivajee Nath told The Telegraph on Tuesday that he was not aware of such development.

A Patna High Court division bench of justices Navin Sinha and Vikash Jain in the same case (CWJC-8152/2013), under which Narayan’s transfer has been prohibited, on Tuesday expressed displeasure over delay in formation of the building tribunals.

In an earlier hearing in the same case on October 9, the division bench had given 15 days to the state urban development and housing department to form two “building tribunals”, which would look after the cases filed against illegal building construction activities in the city.

In another hearing, the urban development and housing department had pledged that building tribunals would be functional by November 15.

“The state government counsel, in the hearing on Tuesday, submitted that the formalities related to formation of building tribunals have been completed and the urban development and housing department requires a judicial officer from the high court for appointing him the tribunal chairman. The court asked the department to furnish the details of the work being done by the department in formation of tribunal and complete the process at the earliest,” said an official.

On the other hand, the PMC and co-operative societies registrar presented a status report on the action being taken by them on the earlier directives given by the court.

The civic body is learnt to have stated that investigations have been conducted by their engineers in 200 buildings.

According to PMC sources, 140 vigilance cases have been filed against illegal building construction activities in the city. Orders have been issued to stop the construction activities in all such vigilance cases.

The registrar of co-operative societies also stated that a survey had been conducted in many co- operative societies in Patna and the process is going at present.

“The court asked the registrar of cooperative societies to attach the properties at the cooperative societies, where cooperation is not being given in completing the survey,” said the official.