Probe ordered into evictions
THE ombudsman is to investigate possible maladministration in the clearance of illegal homes.
Ombudsman Andrew So Kwok-wing yesterday denied the investigation was prompted by the Government's eviction of rooftop dwellers in Tsuen Wan last month.
It is the first time the ombudsman, whose formal title is the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints, has initiated a direct probe since he was empowered to do so in June last year.
Mr So said he was carrying out the investigation because of an increase in complaints over the way the Buildings Department handled unauthorised buildings.
'The question of unauthorised building work has been a regular subject of complaint over the years,' he said.
Mr So said the investigation would focus on the department's procedures in determining and identifying illegal structures for clearance.
It would also look at whether such procedures had been fairly and consistently enforced, and whether the tenants had appropriate channels to file their complaints and appeal against decisions on when structures should be cleared.