Mosque demolition: Contempt plea filed against Delhi CM, Shahi Imam
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 18:40
  
New Delhi: A residents association 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.

Filing a 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.

"Suo moto initiate criminal contempt proceedings against......for deliberately and willfully violating the orders of the court" the association alleged.

"By their actions and words, scandalising and lowering the authority of the court, interfering with the due course of judicial process, interfering and obstructing the administration of justice and bringing in dis-repute the honour, majesty and authority of the law and the courts," they added.

According to JRWA, the structure was built "illegally" on DDA land which was earmarked for construction of a community centre.

Acting on 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 has been demolished and it has repossessed its land.

The court took the report on record and deferred the hearing of the matter to March 1. the applicant further said.

However, 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 the interference in administration of justice, the JRWA alleged.

The contempt application is likely to be heard on Monday.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 18:40


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