Delhi high court on Monday asked residents of BK Dutt colony in South Delhi and the management of a Muslim shrine to settle differences over alleged encroachment through mediation.
The court also asked the Delhi Wakf Board and public authorities, including the DDA and the Land and Development Office (LDO), to meet on March 19 over the issue.
A bench of acting chief justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw referred
the matter for mediation and fixed April 17 for the next hearing.
The residents of BK Colony wanted the court to direct police to maintain law and order in the area.
The residents had tried opening the gate of Shahi-e-Mardana dargah at Kanati Masjid, which has been allegedly built on public land in the colony.
The residents were living in fear and the police had failed to protect them, their PIL claimed.
“The police have not been able to protect the residents of the colony but have actively collaborated with the outsiders to grab the space within the colony owned by the government,” the petition said.
It said the “outsiders” had attempted to “intimidate” the colony residents with false cases and were using the police to threaten and harass them.