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HC gives ASI a week to file report on disputed site

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file an action-taken-report on its order to remove an illegal construction in Subhash Park built by local MLA Shoaib Iqbal and some of his supporters where the ruins of a 17th century mosque were allegedly unearthed.

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file an action-taken-report on its order to remove an illegal construction in Subhash Park built by local MLA Shoaib Iqbal and some of his supporters where the ruins of a 17th century mosque were allegedly unearthed.

“The rule of law will be enforced. Even if heavens fall,let it fall,” remarked a full bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file the report by next Friday.

“The ASI is to file action-taken-report (ATR) along with the list of articles and also its proposed plan to proceed further,” the bench said. He said the court will see the ASI’s ATR before deciding two separate petitions filed by the Delhi Police and Shoaib Iqbal. Iqbal had earlier moved an application asking the court to restrain the ASI from taking “coercive” action against the existing structure.

Shoaib Iqbal’s counsel said the MCD handed over some articles,including a Quran and some antiques,to the ASI,and that a list of those articles should be produced. The counsel asked the court to appoint a committee of experts or a retired High Court judge to supervise the case and file the report.

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The bench assured him that ASI was a body of experts and its investigation will be impartial. “The ASI is the only technical body to examine the issue. You should have faith in the ASI. You should have faith in the court,” the court said.

On July 30,the bench had asked the ASI to demolish the structure within 15 days and begin an investigation to ascertain if the remains Mughal-era Akbarabadi mosque existed there. The case will be heard next on August 31.