The Delhi High Court on Friday stopped construction of a mosque near Jama Masjid and directed the civic body to hand over the site to the Archaeological Survey of India to ascertain if there were remains of a Mughal-era structure.
The civic body had on Thursday refused to grant permission for carrying out religious activities at the spot where the ruins of the Mughal-era Akbarabadi Masjid are believed to have been found.
A full bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri directed the ASI to take possession of the site.
There should not be further construction on the site. The North corporation shall cordon off the area and police is also hereby directed to render assistance to the agency, said the bench,also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher.
Asking the Chief Minister to deal with the issue expeditiously,the High Court asked the Delhi government to hold a meeting of senior officers from various departments,including ASI,North corporation and DUAC.
The court passed the order after senior advocate Aman Lekhi sought its intervention saying MLA Shoaib Iqbal was illegally constructing a mosque on government land.