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Centre tells Delhi HC that nothing happening to Delhi Waqf Board properties

ANI | Updated: Dec 01, 2021 23:27 IST


New Delhi [India], December 1 (ANI): The Centre government on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that nothing is happening to Delhi Waqf Board properties situated in or around Central Vista Redevelopment Project.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Centre, requested Delhi High Court to adjourn the matter for three weeks.
He assured the Court that nothing is happening to Delhi Waqf Board properties.
A single-judge bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva listed the matter for further hearing on January 20, 2022.
Delhi Waqf Board has urged Delhi High Court to issue direction to the Centre to preserve the original shape, form and use of all the waqf properties situated in or around the Central Vista Redevelopment Project.

Senior Advocate Sanjoy Ghose, was appearing for Delhi Waqf Board.
The petition filed by Delhi Waqf Board through lawyer Wajeeh Shafiq, urged the Court to issue a direction to the respondent to preserve the original shape, form and use of all the waqf properties situated in or around the Central Vista Redevelopment Project or other projects (s) allied to it, along with the easements attached to those properties,
The petitioner, Delhi Waqf Board, which is a statutory body incorporated under Section 13 of the Waqf Act, 1995 and invested under Section 32 of the said Act with the powers and duties to manage and control the Waqf Properties situated in NCT of Delhi, invokes the Writ Jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.
The petitioner said that Waqf Properties, which are old and important places of worship and are likely to be impacted by the ongoing Central Vista Redevelopment Project.
The petitioner is conscious that Central Vista Redevelopment Project was cleared by a Supreme Court order in which the top court held that the project was a project of National Importance.
As a matter of abundant caution, the petitioner seeks to leave to clarify that the petitioner is not in any manner seeking any order or direction against the respondent in respect of continuation of Central Vista Project and does not in any manner seek to delay or obstruct the same. The petition is instituted with a limited objective to ensure that the religious/waqf properties, which are also of historical importance, the subject matter of the present petition are preserved and protected in the Redevelopment process.
The petition said that it may not be out of place to state that the petitioner is constrained to file the present petition only on account of the fact that the several representations made by it seeking clarification and assurances from the respondent have gone unheard and without any response. (ANI)

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