Authorities are “playing with the lives of citizens” by not enforcing fire safety measures in restaurants operating in Khan market, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday while observing that court orders impacting the rich don’t get implemented. “Where it relates to the poor, the orders are implemented and where it relates to the rich people, it is not,” said a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta.
The bench made this observation while hearing a matter related to sealing of unauthorised constructions in Delhi. During the hearing, the bench asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, to find out from STF as to what they were doing about Khan Market. STF was constituted in April following SC’s order to oversee enforcement of laws on illegal construction and monitor the removal of encroachments. PTI