The Central Government has told the Delhi High Court that 200 Hindu families from Pakistan are living illegally on Defense Department land in North Delhi and hence their plea seeking electricity connection should be dismissed.
The central government also said that in August 2018, it had approved the transfer of land to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and efforts were on to clear the encroachments from the local administration. The Defense Ministry gave this reply on the notice of the court which was issued by a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel in September. On the petition of 200 families from Pakistan, the court had issued notice to the Delhi government along with the central government. These families with around 800 members are living in Delhi Jal Board grounds in Adarsh Nagar area of Delhi.
The petition was filed by a person named Hari Om, who works for minority migrants who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Responding to the notice, the Center said, “The petition has sought electricity connections for 200 Hindu minority migrant families, who are presently residing at Delhi Jal Board Ground, Shah Alam Road, Adarsh Nagar, North Delhi.
The government said that this petition is wrong, as these camps are illegal and have been established by encroaching on the defense land. This affidavit has been filed on behalf of Delhi Circle Defense Estate Officer, Delhi Cantt. The Defense Ministry has also said that it is not its job to provide electricity or other assistance to the migrants. This petition is also wrong because of illegal encroachment and should be dismissed.