New Delhi: The Central Government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that in March last year, in connection with the convening of the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Nizamuddin Markaz, allegedly in violation of the Kovid-19 guidelines. The case registered in the case is serious and has ‘perfect across the border’. At the same time, the court remarked that the premises cannot be kept closed forever.
Justice Mukta Gupta heard the application filed by the Delhi Waqf Board to open the Markaz. This complex has been closed since March 31 last year. The court questioned the Center as to how long it intended to keep Nizamuddin Markaz closed and said it cannot happen “forever”.
The counsel appearing for the Center argued that the legal action to open the Markaz can be initiated by the lessee of the property or the people residing in the premises and the hearing of the petition to hand over the residential part of the Markaz is already before the High Court. The other is in the final stages before the judge.
Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the Centre, said, “The petition can be disposed of only after considering the legal point of view. The Waqf Board does not have the right to follow the lessee and come forward.
However, the judge said, “Some people had property in their possession. FIR was registered because of the pandemic….(and) you took possession of the property. It should be returned. It cannot happen that the property should always be kept (subject to the order of the court). What is your opinion on this matter? You tell us what are you waiting for. How long will you keep this property under lock?
The court issued notice on the application of a member of the managing committee of Markaz to be made a party in the case and fixed the next hearing of the matter on November 16 with permission to the Waqf Board to file a reply on the Centre’s affidavit.
Advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for the Waqf Board, argued that the application is pending for more than one-and-a-half years and clarified that his plea is to return the entire property of Markaz which includes mosque, madrassa and residential part. “Now the property should be handed back to them to us. The central government has no role.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, representing the intervening member, said that he is also with Waqf in this matter and the relevant rules will be followed whenever Markaz is allowed to open.
At the same time, in the affidavit filed by the Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (Crime), the Center reiterated that “Protecting the property of Markaz is necessary under the investigation of the case registered in connection with the violation of Kovid-19 rules as it has cross-border ramifications and other countries”. There is a matter of diplomatic relations with
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