Court rejects plea to shift 128-year-old mosqueJanuary 20th, 2009 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday rejected a plea of a group of residents from south Delhi seeking direction to the Wakf Board to shift a 128-year-old mosque elsewhere though it asked devotees not to crowd the area.Hearing the petition from the residents of the Aravali Apartments from Alaknanda area, a division bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked police to ensure that the rights of the devotees who come there to perform Namaz are protected.
Wakf Board counsel Nazmi Waziri told the court that the mosque was 128 years old and was the property of the board. He said the mosque could not be shifted elsewhere as it existed there before the area was developed.
The residents had urged the court to direct the board to shift the mosque, saying that the neighbourhood was facing security threats as a large number of people gather there for Friday prayers.
The court asked police to maintain law and order in the area as well as to ensure smooth conduct of prayers.