The Delhi excessive courtroom on Wednesday directed the town police and the Delhi Improvement Authority (DDA) to make sure that no building is carried out in Sanjay Van space, a protected forest space in south Delhi, with out their permission.
A bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice Prateek Jalan issued the route whereas listening to a PIL initiated by the courtroom by itself on July eight after coming throughout movies and pictures circulated by guests and joggers on social media of what gave the impression to be the development of recent ‘mazaars (mausoleums)’ close to Mayur Pahadi, a spot contained in the forest.
On the final date of listening to, the courtroom had directed the police and the DDA to hold out an aerial drone survey drones and inform it concerning the variety of mazaars within the park and since once they had been in existence.
On Wednesday, the police of their affidavit filed by means of advocate Rahul Mehra, standing counsel of the Delhi authorities (legal) and advocate Chaitanya Gosain, mentioned there are 77 mazaars, that are previous and no contemporary building of any mazaar was discovered there.
The police additionally mentioned, “Buildings like a mandir (temple), kabristhan (graveyard), dargah and idgah have been there contained in the Sanjay Van since a very long time and no contemporary building or encroachment within the form of any mazaar is happening or has come up in Sanjay Van within the current previous (particularly throughout lockdown interval).”
However residents declare that building has been occurring contained in the forest. Sandeep Bali, president of Mehrauli residents’ welfare affiliation (RWA), mentioned, “A bunch of morning walkers shot the movies of the development actions — contemporary earth was dug up and cement was getting used. There have been encroachments inside the forest prior to now as effectively. The police on responsibility there weren’t permitting walkers to strategy the Mayur Pahadi a part of the forest.”
“We did a complete survey utilizing drones and didn’t discover any encroachment. On the evening of July 21, anti-social components desecrated the previous mazaars. The next day, police had been knowledgeable about this after which they reconstructed the damaged graves with a view to keep away from any communal pressure,” a senior DDA official, aware of the event however didn’t want to be named, mentioned.
When Hindustan Occasions visited the spot final Friday, and once more on Tuesday, the location was discovered guarded by the native police. Though the cemented parts on a number of the constructions regarded like an add-on to the previous construction, there was no strategy to verify when these parts had been added.
DDA’s horticulture director and the in-charge of the forest Ashok Kumar mentioned, “On July 22, we had written to the deputy commissioner of police concerning the damaged graves. They despatched a crew to look into the matter. The grievance copy has additionally been submitted to the excessive courtroom,” Kumar mentioned.
The matter can be now heard on August 31.