Jama Masjid encroachments: Delhi HC calls for action taken reports on parks

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to file their respective status reports with regards to action taken in a petition seeking removal of illegal and unauthorised encroachment of public parks around Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Tomb and Meena Bazaar Market in Jama Masjid area.

The Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla further directed the NDMC and DUSIB to ensure that encroachments in the public park in question are removed and they are kept neat and clean in hygienic conditions, while also directing the impleadment of Delhi Wakf Board, who manage the entry and exit gates of the aforementioned parks.

The petition has been filed by Mohd. Arslan, a local resident, who had previously filed another petition before the High Court last year. The said petition had been disposed of directing the authorities to consider his representation.

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Advocate appearing on the behalf of NDMC submitted that they had passed a speaking order, assuring the court that any illegal or unauthorized occupation will be removed.

The petitioner had also sought a direction to DUSIB for removing all shelters (Rain Basera). The advocate appearing for DUSIB submitted that the said shelters were built pursuant to orders of the High Court in a Suo Motu case in 2010.

The Court replied:

"Does that (judicial order) give you the direction to leave these parks in this condition? You have left it abandoned. It will become a garbage land."

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