In view of the stand taken by the Board, the court dismissed their plea saying “the apprehension expressed by the petitioners that only one religious structure is being targeted is wholly unfounded” It also directed the police to “cooperate and provide the necessary force to the DUSIB and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to carry out the necessary action” .
Advocate Shahid Ali, appearing for the three petitioners, had claimed that the authorities were only demolishing a mosque, Bilal Masjid, and was not taking the same action against other allegedly illegal structures located there.They claimed that they should not be “singled out” and “removed” alone particularly when the status of other religious places situated in the vicinity is the same.
However, the petitioners’ contentions were opposed by the DUSIB and NDMC, who said the said structure admittedly being illegal was now subject to demolition.
They also said that “there are encroachments on public places where other religious structures have also been raised and action is also being carried out for removal of those structures as well”.
( Source- PTI )