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Shiela Dikshit and Imam Bukhari instigated mob to trespass on govt land : RWA

In New Delhi on October 12, 2011 at 6:30 am

A day after a group of people reoccupied the site of a mosque demolished by DDA in Jangpura under court orders, the residents’ welfare association moved Delhi high court, seeking contempt action against chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari and a few others.

Appalled by the official paralysis on display over the issue, the RWA has in its petition , filed on Saturday, accused Dikshit and Bukhari of instigating a mob to trespass on government land reclaimed by DDA after razing the illegal mosque and offering prayers there. Delhi Police got into the act belatedly and registered a case of trespassing at the Nizamuddin police station after receiving a formal complaint from DDA that there was “some sort of construction and squatting” at the disputed site. A case of rioting has already been lodged.


On Saturday, through its counsel, R K Saini, the RWA also sought initiation of suo motu contempt proceedings against Shoaib Iqbal, MLA of Matia Mahal constituency, and Asif Mohd Khan, who represents Okhla in the assembly, besides the CM and Bukhari.

Invoking a famous SC ruling (‘ Be that you may be as high, the law is above you’ ), the RWA has urged the high court to take strong action against those named. It alleged that all those named, “by their actions and words, scandalized 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.”

The petitioners underlined the failure of DDA and Delhi Police to fence off the area after removing the encroachments despite an HC order earlier that any area once rid of encroachers ought to be immediately fenced off to prevent re-encroachment.

According to the RWA, the structure was built “illegally” on DDA land which was earmarked for construction of a community centre. After HC took a strong view of DDA’s apathy, the agency had earlier this week demolished the mosque leading to tension in the locality.

This forced the police to resort to lathicharge and teargassing to disperse the protesters . Just a day before, on Friday, hours before the mob took charge, the DDA had sought dropping of contempt proceedings against it in HC, filing a status report which said the illegal mosque had been demolished and land reclaimed .

Justice G S Sistani took the report on record and deferred the hearing of the matter to March 1. But, the RWA informed HC in its plea that prayers were offered there and that the site was now being occupied continuously by about 100 persons at the instance of the CM, Shahi Imam and other local politicians, which amounts to interfering in the administration of justice, it alleged. On Friday, a group of hundreds of protesters allegedly breached barricades put up by DDA and tried to rebuilt a temporary structure using tin sheets and bricks at the site of demolished mosque.

The contempt application is likely to be heard on Monday.

via RWA wants CM, Imam hit for contempt on Jangpura – Times Of India.


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