No Demolition of Delhi’s Lal Masjid until April 29, Centre Assures Delhi High Court

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Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, the then Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, visiting Lal Masjid near Lodhi Road in February 2019. — File photo

A petition by Delhi Waqf Board claims that the mosque is a Waqf property since 1970 and the dispute regarding title of the land is pending before the Waqf Tribunal

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — The Union government has informed Delhi High Court that no further action would be taken with regard to Lal Masjid on Lodhi Road till April 29 as it sought time to respond to the petition by Delhi Waqf Board in the matter against the proposed demolition of the mosque.

According to the Indian Express, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma told the court that there will be no action towards demolition of the mosque until then.

The petition claims that the mosque is a Waqf property since 1970 and the dispute regarding title of the land is pending before the Waqf Tribunal.

Before adjourning the hearing to April 29, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, asked the Delhi government to proceed expeditiously towards filling up the member-position vacancies in the tribunal.

On Tuesday the court had asked the Centre and Central Reserve Police Force to inform them about the plans, if any, to demolish the mosque. It also warned the government that if any such action is taken without informing the court it would be treated as contempt.

Senior advocate Sanjoy Ghose, representing the Waqf Board, claimed that the case was dragging on because of repeated adjournments and the vacant member-positions in Waqf tribunal.

The Waqf petition says that the graveyard and the mosque situated along the link road in Aliganj near Lodhi Road is a Waqf property. The graveyard space is occupied by CRPF and the mosque alone is surviving. The dispute is pending before the tribunal.

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