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HC note on Jama Masjid encroachment report

The Delhi High Court warned that it would initiate serious action against the MCD Deputy Commissioner.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 15:59 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday warned that it would initiate serious action against the MCD Deputy Commissioner if it was found that the status report on the illegal encroachments in and around the Jama Masjid was misleading.

A division bench of Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma directed a fresh joint inspection by officials of MCD, DDA and Police, along with advocate Usha Kumar.

The bench asked them to file a fresh report before the court at its next hearing.

The court conveyed its displeasure to MCD and DDA after counsel for the Heritage and Culture Forum Usha Kumar charged that the status report was highly misleading and false since she had personally visited the site on Tuesday

She also found that the encroachments, claimed to have been removed by MCD, continue to exist.

She submitted that many of the encroachments continued to thrive due to active connivance of officials and local Imam.

At this stage, the bench told the MCD counsel, "you can't take things so lightly. You cannot file a false statement in the court. We will take action against the Deputy Commissioner if he is misleading us".

The court also issued notices to counsel for CPWD to appear before it for filing a statement on issue of developing the graveyard of the freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, which was in shambles in the precincts of the Mosque.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 15:59 IST