Delhi court stays order to unlock residential parts of Nizamuddin MarkazUpdated: Sep 16, 2020 23:30 IST
A Delhi court on Wednesday stayed the order directing the city police to hand over the keys of the residential portion to the Nizamuddin Markaz, which was sealed after numerous cases of Covid-19 were reported from among the people attending a Tablighi Jamaat congregation as well as living there in mid-March.
The building was the first major Covid hot spot in the capital. Cases were also registered against Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Saad and several other attendees of the congregation for violating Covid-19 guidelines.
On September 11, a magisterial court had directed the Delhi Police to hand over the keys to the residential portion of the building to Maulana Saad’s family. However, the police challenged the order in the sessions court and additional sessions judge (ASJ) Sandeep Yadav on Wednesday put a stay on the lower court order.
The sessions court also issued a notice to Saad’s mother Khalida, on whose application the magisterial court had passed the order, and asked her to respond by October 8.
The magisterial court had directed the Delhi Police to inspect the premises within five days and hand over keys to Saad’s family by Wednesday.
It had further directed Khalida and her family members to give an undertaking that they would not obstruct the investigation in any manner and the residential portion of the property shall only be used for residing purposes and that they would not enter any other part of the markaz complex.
The court had said that every citizen of India is entitled to the right to life and liberty, as guaranteed by the Constitution, and the right to access to residential property came under these sacrosanct rights.