|Sheila Dikshit, |
Chief Minister Delhi
Source : Times of India
The Jungpura Residents Welfare Association (RWA) on Saturday moved the Delhi High Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari for allegedly instigating people to trespass and offer prayers in a government land, retaken by DDA after razing an illegal mosque. The DDA action was done after court orders.
Filing an application through counsel R K Saini, the Jangpura Residents Welfare Association (JRWA) also sought initiation of suo-motu contempt proceedings against Shoib Iqbal, MLA of Matia Mahal constituency, and Asif Mohd. Khan, MLA of Okhla Area, besides the CM and Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid.
The RWA in its contempt plea alleged that the CM and Shahi Imam had "by their actions and words, scandalised and lowered the authority of the court, interfered with the due course of judicial process, interfered and obstructed the administration of justice and brought into disrepute the honour, majesty and authority of the law and the courts."
According to the RWA, the structure was built "illegally" on DDA land which was earmarked for construction of a community centre.
Acting on the Delhi high court order, the mosque was demolished by the housing body on Wednesday, leading to tension in the locality and the police had to use batons to disperse protesters who wanted to offer prayers at the site that day, the application said.
Seeking dropping of contempt proceedings against it before the high court, DDA had on Friday filed a compliance report saying the illegal mosque had been demolished and it had repossessed its land. However, the same afternoon, prayers were offered there and the site is now being occupied continuously by about 100 persons at the instance of CM, Shahi Imam and other local politicians, which amounts to be an interference in administration of justice, the JRWA alleged.
The contempt application is likely to be heard on Monday.