Kashmir News Trust [KNT]
The much publicised appeal preferred by Mamta Singh wife of Dr. Nirmal Singh, former Deputy Chief Minister of J&K against the JDA’s demolition notice regarding the alleged illegal construction of a palatial house at village Ban, Nagrota was adjourned today for September 27th, 2022 due to non-availability of the Bench-II at J&K Special Tribunal, Jammu as the Presiding Judicial Member of the Bench has been elevated as the Additional Judge of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh (Justice Rajesh Sekhri) and today the case was simply adjourned for want of the Presiding Officer.
Dr. Nirmal Singh and his wife Mamta Singh were issued a Notice under section 7(3) of the Control of Building Operations Act,1988 for raising the construction of a Palatial House at village Ban, Nagrota without seeking prior permission from Jammu Development Authority. The JDA initially did not act against the high profile former Deputy Chief Minister and later, on an RTI application filed by the whistle-blower Advocate Muzzaffar Ali Shah, the Jammu Development Authority disclosed that despite being informed about the alleged illegal construction from the Khilafwarzi Wing, JDA did not proceed against the high profile violators. Subsequently, on the complaint of whistle-blower Advocate Muzzaffar Ali Shah, the JDA issued a demolition notice to the former Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and his wife Mamta Singh directing them to remove the illegal construction on their own within five days failing which the JDA’s Khilafwarzi Wing would remove the violations.
Against the said demolition notice, Mamta Singh filed a statutory appeal before the J&K Special Tribunal and the Special Tribunal while taking cognizance of the appeal stayed the operation of the demolition notice. The stay has been extended from time to time and in the meantime, the JDA has filed its response stating that it’s a case of ‘Major Violation’ and appeal merits being dismissed. (KNT)