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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Contempt Petition against Sheila Dikshit : Deferred to 21st March

Sheila Dikshit
Source : Indlaw


The Delhi High Court allowed prayer rights to devotees to offer namaz five times a day at the site of a mosque that was demolished in south Delhi last week and directed the Delhi Development Authority to allow 10 devotees only to perform the prayers. 


Justice G S Sistani, hearing a contempt petition filed by the residents welfare association (RWA) of Jangpura against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Jama Masjid Imam Bhukhari and four others for making inflammatory statements against the court orders, deferred the hearing to March 21. 

The Noor Masjid charitable trust will give ten names to the local SHO who will allow these devotees to perform namaz, the court said. 

It also deprecated the tendency of politicians to mislead the public and instigate them to break the law. 

The judge directed the DDA to build a boundary wall at the site of a mosque that was demolished in south Delhi last week. 

The court though did not give the devotees the title rights of the land but asked them to work out an amicable solution within two months to settle the issue between devotees and residents of Jangpura neighbourhood. 

On January 12, the DDA had demolished the mosque which was illegally built on the public land in Jangpura area. The devotees, however, claimed that the land belonged to the Wakf board and the mosque named 'Noor Masjid' was 35 years old. 

The mosque was demolished under high security during the late night hours leading to protests and stone-pelting by the worshippers. 

Ms Dikshit had intervened and pacified the minority community that a new mosque will be built at the same site leading to the RWA to file the contempt petition against the Chief Minister and others in the court. 

The DDA demolished the mosque after the court had directed it to comply with its 2006 contempt orders which were passed after the Jangpura RWA alleged that the former's direction to demolish the illegal structure had not been complied with.

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