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No religious structures to be removed from Mehrauli Archeological Park during anti-encroachments drive: DDA informs Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court was apprised by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) that no religious structures will be removed from Mehrauli Archeological Park in its drive to remove encroachments from the area.

The Delhi Waqf Board was represented by senior advocate Sanjoy Ghose who argued in the Delhi High Court before a division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad.

The counsel said that the DDA is carrying out a demolition drive, including that of religious structures and graveyards, and therefore, the demolition deserves to be stayed.

The advocate Ghose argued that the demolition will be stayed as there was a dispute over the properties of the Waqf board in the area. He further submitted that the demarcation process has not been completed till now

The advocate for DDA Shobhana Takiar, appearing for the DDA, said that clearly before the HC that religious structures as well as graveyards will not be demolished.

She submitted that the demolition will be done only as per the demarcation report which was prepared in 2021, and only encroachers are being removed whereas no demolition with respect to any mosque is taking place.

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