Cen­tre govt to clar­ify the amended Delhi Rent Act to Delhi HC

Accommodation Times - - Legal - By Staff Re­porter

The Delhi high court on Au­gust 26 asked the new gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre to clar­ify its stand on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the amended Delhi Rent Act, 1995. A di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tice Badar Dur­rez Ahmed and Jus­tice Siddharth Mridul di­rected the Cen­tre to place its stand on the po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive is­sue. Suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have shied away from giv­ing ef­fect to the act for almost two decades. The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had be­gun moves to re­peal the 1995 act, even as the amended act came as a ray of hope for prop­erty own­ers in Delhi, who have been re­ceiv­ing pit­tance as rent due to the ceil­ing fixed by the orig­i­nal act in 1958. Dur­ing the hear­ing of a pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tional va­lid­ity of the 1958 Rent Con­trol Act, the bench di­rected ad­di­tional solic­i­tor gen­eral San­jay Jain to re­port to court the think­ing of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment on the is­sue be­fore the fi­nal ar­gu­ments are heard in the case on Oc­to­ber 16, 2014?the next date of hear­ing. HC is hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by an as­so­ci­a­tion of land­lords, led by ad­vo­cate Shobha Ag­gar­wal, who high­lighted be­fore the court that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had in­tro­duced a bill in Ra­jya Sabha in Au­gust, 2013, to re­peal the Delhi Rent Act, 1995. While the pe­ti­tion­ers urged the court to di­rect the gov­ern­ment to no­tify the 1995 Act, the high court deemed it fit to seek the gov­ern­ment’s view on the mat­ter. Ag­gar­wal al­leged that it is only be­cause of vote bank pol­i­tics that suc­ces­sive cen­tral gov­ern­ments have failed to im­ple­ment the Delhi Rent Act, which re­ceived the as­sent of the Pres­i­dent on 23 Au­gust, 1995.

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