Delhi HC sum­mons DUSIB se­nior of­fi­cials for not re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing slum dwellers

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The Delhi High Court has or­dered the se­nior of­fi­cial of Delhi Ur­ban Shel­ter Im­prove­ment Board (DUSIB) to be present at the hear­ing of con­tempt plea for not re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing slum dwellers de­spite court’s or­ders.

Jus­tice Vibhu Bakhru slammed the Delhi gov­ern­ment for "wil­fully" not com­ply­ing with its or­der on a re­sponse to the con­tempt plea and asked the al­lot­ment direc­tor of the Delhi Ur­ban Shel­ter Im­prove­ment Board (DUSIB) to ap­pear in court.

The slum dwellers had ap­proached the court say­ing the gov­ern­ment has not com­plied with its or­der and had de­cided to re­ha­bil­i­tate only four families in­stead of the 223 peo­ple evicted from a slum where they had been liv­ing be­fore May 1998.

The plea has been filed by ad­vo­cates Prashant Bhushan and Sumeet Sharma on be­half of the evicted slum dwellers.

The plea said that the Delhi gov­ern­ment is now tak­ing the stand that only those who are party to the pe­ti­tion filed in the high court will be el­i­gi­ble for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The slum dwellers have sought con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ings against the Delhi chief sec­re­tary and the DUSIB CEO, among oth­ers.

The court had in Fe­bru­ary is­sued a show-cause no­tice to the gov­ern­ment and asked it to ex­plain the rea­son for not re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the 223 slum dwellers. On Feb 11, 2010, the high court had di­rected the gov­ern­ment to re­ha­bil­i­tate the slum dwellers, who were evicted from their hut­ments as per the Mas­ter Plan-Delhi 2021, by giv­ing an al­ter­na­tive site, within four months.

Pro­vid­ing re­lief to lakhs of slum dwellers in south and east Delhi whose clus­ters had been de­mol­ished, the di­vi­sion bench had said all the peo­ple liv­ing at a site be­fore 1998 were en­ti­tled to re­lo­ca­tion af­ter de­mo­li­tion even if they were on "right of way".

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