New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to maintain the status quo on the land where the 600-year-old Masjid Akhonji was recently demolished. in Mehrauli.
Justice Sachin Datta issued the order in response to an urgent request by the Delhi Waqf Board Steering Committee, specifying that the status quo is applicable till February 12.
The court clarified that the order only pertains to the khasra number where the mosque was located, allowing the DDA to proceed with actions in the adjoining areas.
The mosque, Madrasa Bahrul Uloom and tombs were demolished by the DDA on January 30, prompting the Management Committee to claim that the demolition was illegal and in violation of court orders.
The Committee alleged that the DDA carried out the demolition without a property survey or prior notice.
They said the imam of the mosque, Zakir Hussain, and his family were left without shelter as their shack was also demolished.
The Committee also claimed the tearing of copies of the Koran, the denial of children’s belongings and the lack of protection of records.
The DDA lawyer questioned the standing of the management committee to challenge the demolition, saying it was based on the January 4 recommendation of the religious committee, which also targeted some temples and religious structures.
The court was informed that 20 religious books are in the custody of DDA, to be handed over, and the CEO of the Waqf Board opposed the demolition recommendation during the religious committee meeting.