Mosque case: Petitioner seeks action against lawmaker

July 23rd, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A petitioner Monday moved the Delhi High Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against legislator Shoaib Iqbal, the central government and Delhi’s police chief for allegedly allowing illegal construction at an excavated site near the Jama Masjid.

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) sought in its petition the removal of construction at the site, where a mosque was being built by some area residents and thousands of Muslims offered Friday prayers claiming that ruins of a Mughal-era mosque were found there.

Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw took note of the ABHM petition and posted the matter for July 25 when the main matter will come up for hearing and police would submit a status report.

The court Friday put a stop on construction work and asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to take over the site at Subhash Park and to ascertain if the Akbarabadi Masjid, whose ruins were being claimed to have been found there, did exist or not.

The authorities defused a potentially volatile situation Saturday and handed over the site to archaeologists. Later in the night, protestors pelted stones at police, injuring 10 personnel posted there. Two people were arrested.

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