Delhi High Court pulled up the government.
The Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi government for demolishing an illegally built temple in South Delhi’s Defense Colony. The court questioned the Delhi government for not fulfilling the promise of demolition and sending the issue to the religious committee for its approval.
The High Court said that the matter would need to be referred to the religious committee headed by the Lieutenant Governor only if it was a big temple, but if someone had laid some bricks overnight and there was no point in sending it to the committee. Justice Rekha Palli said, “I want to see what is the probability of this? Whether merely laying a few bricks by someone comes within the purview of the religious committee, that is the question.
The government had said to demolish it till October 4
The court further said that if there was a big temple, there might have been a need for a religious committee, but what if someone lays some bricks overnight? But now it has been sent to the religious committee. “There are only a few bricks and two-three idols,” the court said. It ordered the Delhi government to produce a copy of the order under which the religious committee was constituted.
This committee looks into the issue of removal of encroachments in the form of religious structures. The court was hearing an application seeking removal of this encroachment in front of a property. The petitioner said that during the COVID-19 epidemic, someone illegally built a temple on the footpath on Bhishma Pitamah Marg in front of his property.
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