The Delhi High Court Friday granted two weeks to Delhi government to decide on implementing Chief Minister Kejriwal’s announcement that if a poor tenant was unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state would pay it.
Delhi High Court
New Delhi: Delhi government’s counsel Gautam Narayan told Justice Rekha Palli, who was hearing a plea alleging wilful disobedience of the court’s order directing a decision to be taken in six weeks, that “the matter was under consideration” and sought two weeks to arrive at a conclusion. On July 22, the court had ruled that a CM’s promise to citizens was enforceable and directed the AAP government to decide within six weeks on Kejriwal’s announcement that the state would pay rent on behalf of a poor tenant who are unable to do so on account of COVID-19. The petitioners, who claimed to be daily wagers and workers and sought to enforce the promise made by Kejriwal on during a press conference on March 29 last year, stated in their application that the failure of the authorities in taking a decision in terms of the order impinged upon their right to shelter.