A DIVISION bench of the high court here on Friday directed the Lucknow district magistrate and the SSP to get the alleged unauthorised construction of a mosque being carried out on Gokhle Marg here stayed forthwith.
The bench comprising Justices UK Dhaon and Rakesh Sharma passed the above orders on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed earlier by the Nishatganj Residents Welfare Association through advocate BK Singh. On being told that the unauthorised construction of the mosque was still being continued, the bench sought a reply from the LDA counsel, who informed the court that the LDA had already passed orders under Section 27 and 28 of the UP Urban Planning and Development Act for stopping and demolishing the unauthorised construction. The order, however, could not be implemented due to lack of co-operation from the district administration, it was said. The DM, the SSP and the VC LMC were accordingly summoned in court.
It may be recalled that the Nishatgang Residents Welfare Association had filed the above PIL for removing encroachments from pavements, roads, parks and public places in the city. It was also inter alia alleged that Mohd Gufran and Mohd Akhtar were unauthorisedly constructing a mosque on the Gokhle Marg, which should be stopped in public interest. The matter shall come up for hearing in the following month.