Two days after demolishing a mosque allegedly illegally built on public land in Jangpura, the DDA urged the Delhi high court to drop contempt of court proceedings against it for not complying with its 2006 order to reclaim the land. It also tendered an "unqualified apology" for its failure to reclaim the land earlier and said it had the highest respect for the court.
"In compliance with the directions of this court, a demolition programme was fixed on January 12 in consultation with police and illegal/unauthorised structure that is a mosque called 'Noor Masjid', its boundary wall and a newly constructed tin shed were removed and about 350 square metre DDA land has been reclaimed," the DDA told a bench headed by justice GS Sistani.
The court had in 2006 issued contempt notice to the DDA on a petition of Jangpura Residents' Welfare Association, alleging that its direction to demolish the illegal structure had not been complied with. Taking the DDA's affidavit on record, Justice Sistani fixed the matter for further hearing on March 1.
Wakf Board plea turned down
Delhi Wakf Board (DWB) approached a two-judge bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra seeking modification of its earlier order to demolish the mosque allegedly built on encroached land.
But the bench refused to entertain the petition and asked it to move the Wakf Tribunal.