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CBI awaits Director’s approval

Prosecution of violators of building laws

SHILLONG: As the High Court of Meghalaya has allowed CBI to register an FIR and prosecute Chairperson of MUDA Ampareen Lyngdoh and 21 others including eight MUDA officials for granting permission to 13 persons to construct ‘illegal’ high-rise buildings in the state, the files have gone to Delhi.
An official source said on Tuesday that the necessary papers were sent to Delhi following the January 7 order of the High Court and the process is under way to register the case and to prosecute the accused.
“But before this, approval was sought from the CBI Director, Delhi since many higher ups including a Minister is involved,” the official said.
The High Court had allowed the CBI to register the case in Delhi instead of Shillong and prosecute those involved in the case in the national capital.
The source added that even before the direction of the High Court, the plea of the CBI, Shillong was to register the case against the violators of building bye-laws after inquiry.
Now, since the High Court has given the consent to register the case, the matter is being processed, the source added.
However, the state government recently decided to file a review petition against the verdict of the High Court.
The Government had claimed that there was no illegality in granting permission to construct buildings as per Meghalaya Building Byelaws, 2011.
Through the review petition before the High Court to be filed shortly, the State Government wants to present its stand on the legality of Meghalaya Building Byelaws, 2011 based on which building permission was granted.

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