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Shoaib Iqbal moves HC to stop razing of illegal mosque

Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal,accused of aiding the illegal construction of a mosque near Jama Masjid,has moved the Delhi High Court to restrain the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from demolishing the structure.

Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal,accused of aiding the illegal construction of a mosque near Jama Masjid,has moved the Delhi High Court to restrain the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from demolishing the structure.

Iqbal filed the plea following a High Court order,which directed the ASI to demolish the illegal construction to ascertain if the remains of a Mughal-era mosque existed at the Metro project site near Subhash Park in Central Delhi. The application is likely to come up for hearing on August 17 before a three-judge bench,headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri.

Iqbal’s application also asked for the constitution of a committee to oversee the ASI action. It suggested the names of former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajender Sachar,Jamia Milia Islamia’s Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung and ASI former Director K K Mohammad as members of the committee.

The court had taken suo-motu cognisance of the illegal construction of the mosque and asked the ASI to demolish it and file a status report on its investigation to ascertain if the remains of the mosque did indeed exist.