The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Bombay High Court order that allowed access to the 2,000 sq m land reserved for a Muslim cemetery falling within the boundaries of the Mumbai airport.
The bench headed by Justice BN Agarwal, while issuing a notice to the municipal body and Airports Authority of India, stayed the HC ruling in March, which had asked the former to provide access to petitioners Saher Muslim Society.
The land was reserved for a cemetery in 1975. Mukul Rohtagi, counsel for Mumbai International Airport Ltd, said the access through the airport land would make way for encroachments. If the land were used for the cemetery, it would hamper the development and operation of the airport as also safety of the airport and passengers.
“We are ready to give alternate land for the cemetery,” he said.