New Delhi: People from
a south Delhi neighbourhood Saturday moved the Delhi High Court
seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit and Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed
Bukhari for allegedly instigating people to offer prayers at the
site of a razed illegal mosque.
Prayers were offered on government land repossessed by the Delhi
Development Authority (DDA) after razing the illegal mosque, said
the application filed by the resident welfare association (RWA) of
Jangpura through counsel R.K. Saini
The RWA also sought initiation of contempt proceedings against
Shoaib Iqbal, legislator from Matia Mahal constituency, and Asif
Mohammad Khan, legislator from Okhla constituency.
The association wanted the court to "suo moto initiate criminal
contempt proceedings against... for deliberately and willfully
violating the orders of the court".
The RWA also accused the chief minister and others of allegedly "scandalising
and lowering the authority of the court, interfering with the due
course of judicial process, interfering and obstructing the
administration of justice and bringing in disrepute the honour,
majesty and authority of the law and the courts".
According to the RWA, the religious structure was built
"illegally" on DDA land which was earmarked for construction of a
"Acting on the high court order, the mosque was demolished by the
housing body on Wednesday leading to tension in the locality and
the police had to use batons to disperse protesters who wanted to
offer prayers at the site that day," the application said.
Seeking dropping of contempt proceedings against it in the high
court, the DDA Friday filed a compliance report saying it had
demolished the illegal religious structure.
"The court took the report on record and deferred the hearing on
the matter to March 1," a representative of the RWA said.
"However, prayers were offered there and the site is now being
occupied continuously by about 100 persons at the instance of
chief minister, the Shahi Imam and other local politicians, which
amounts to interference in administration of justice," the RWA
The contempt application is likely to be heard Monday.