The Delhi Wakf Board has approached the High Court against ‘encroachment’ on as many as 245 properties owned by the board across the capital. The board has also filed a separate application on encroachment by nearly 750 occupants on a piece of land in Daryaganj.
In a plea filed through advocate Tariq Adib, the Wakf Board has sought “immediate action” from the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) concerned to get the properties vacated. Under the Delhi Wakf Act 1995, the SDM of the area concerned is in charge of carrying out the order of eviction.
An earlier PIL had sought the removal of 990 encroachers from Wakf properties, which had been heard by a bench headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini. In response to the PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali, the Wakf Board had then informed the court that the board itself would take action on the issue.
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According to the plea by the Wakf Board, heard before the bench of Justice V P Vaish, eviction orders had been issued to the encroachers between 2006 and 2013. The board has alleged that no action has been taken to evict the encroachers despite reminders being sent to the SDMs.
The Wakf Board’s plea has sought court orders to “implement Section 55 of the Act and take appropriate action against such encroachers under Section 55 of the Wakf Act 1995, and evict the Wakf land from illegal occupants and hand over possession to the Wakf Board.”
The board has also sought help from the police in case the encroachers resist attempts to evict them.
The bench of Justice V P Vaish, which heard the plea, pulled up the government for failing to take action.
“Why has no action been taken when there were court orders? It was your duty to get them vacated,” said the court.
It also issued notices to the revenue secretary, Delhi Police and all of the 17 SDMs in the city, asking them to file their responses.