Only 10 people can pray at demolished Delhi mosque: CourtBy IANS
Friday, January 21, 2011
NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Friday disallowed a fresh plea seeking permission to allow more than 10 people to offer Friday prayers at a mosque that was demolished by the authorities after being termed illegal.
“This land does not belong to you anymore. Therefore we cannot allow your plea,” Justice G.S. Sistani said dismissing the petition by Noor Charitable Trust for prayers at the mosque in Jangpura in south Delhi that was demolished Jan 12.
“We have already asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to reclaim the land and build a boundary wall around it and allow 10 people to offer namaaz.”
DDA demolished the illegal structure constructed on public land in Jangpura area, leading to protests and stone-pelting by angry people. However, the court Jan 17 directed the DDA to allow 10 devotees to offer prayers for the next two months at the site.
“We have allowed 10 persons to pray there for two months because you have admitted before this court that within that time you will find a permanent solution,” he said.