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GoM to implement SC orders to resume sealing drive news
07 November 2006

While the group of ministers have decided to go ahead and implement the Supreme Court orders to resume the sealing drive, CNBC-TV18 reports that the government''s still looking for an option.

"Our shop has been our source of livelihood for 36 years, and now suddenly we have nowhere to go," laments an angry trader, Vikram Hiranandani.

Hiranandani is among close to 44,000 other traders across the capital have been left in the lurch yet again. Rejecting the government''s plea, the Supreme Court has ruled that sealing will continue as per orders and with immediate effect. The police has been asked to provide extra security to ward off a law and order problem.

"The Supreme Court has said that it can consider the traders case only if the traders pull the shutters down and if they give an affidavit to the monetary committee," said Mahendra Rana, Advocate, Supreme Court.

Earlier, both the central government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had approached the apex court seeking a break in the sealing drive citing the worsening law and order situation and supporting the interests of the traders. But the Supreme Court wasn''t impressed, and now the traders say the ball in the government''s court.

"Whether they amend the constitution or do anything else, they have to save us," said Praveen Khandelwal, president, All India Traders Confederation.

But this time even the government seems to have thrown up its hands. After the Supreme Court''s judgement the group of ministers met and decided to go by what the apex court has ordered.

With both the judiciary and the government failing to give relief to the traders, and the trading community itself refusing to budge off the warpath, Delhites should brace themselves for yet another series of traffic snarls, bandhs and if the governments fears come true, then even a complete break down of law and order.

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GoM to implement SC orders to resume sealing drive