Lal Masjid will not be demolished till 29 April, Centre tells Delhi High Court

New Delhi: The BJP-led government on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it will not demolish the Lal Masjid, located near Lodhi Road in New Delhi, till 29 April, when the case will be next heard by the court.

The submission came on a plea by the Delhi Waqf Board, challenging the demolition order of the mosque in village Aliganj, alongside Link Road. The Waqf Board plea, filed through advocate Wajeeh Shafiq, said even when the land dispute is pending before the Waqf Tribunal, the Centre and the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) have asked them to vacate the mosque as the structure was going to be demolished.

The court had on Tuesday askedthe Centre and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to inform it whether they have any plans to demolish the mosque. Senior advocate Sanjoy Ghose, representing the Waqf board, had argued that the matter is pending before the Waqf Tribunal but the case has not been decided yet due to repeated adjournments and also because the statutory body is not functional as two member-positions in it have remained vacant since December 2020.

The Waqf petition says that the graveyard and the mosque situated along the link road in Aliganj near Lodhi Road is a Waqf property. The graveyard space is occupied by CRPF and the mosque alone is surviving. The dispute is pending before the tribunal.

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