SC allows Haji Ali Dargah's trust to plead for regularisation of Kinara mosque

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], July 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Haji Ali Dargah's trust to file a plea for regularisation of Kinara mosque with the Maharashtra Government. In a u-turn, Apex Court ordered protection of Kinara Mosque near Haji Ali, a portion of which was facing demolition as it was an encroachment. Just three days back, the apex court had refused the Maharashtra Government's plea for stay on Kinara Mosque demolition on the same ground. The apex court had also asked the Maharashtra Govenment to decide the regularisation application within a week and stayed demolition of Kinara mosque till then. On July 3, the apex court granted the Maharashtra Government two weeks time to remove the encroachments from the approaching roads leading to Mumbai's Haji Ali Dargah. The apex court earlier in April asked the Haji Ali Dargah Trust in Mumbai to demolish all encroachments in and around the Dargah excluding the mosque standing on 171 sq metres area. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar passed the interim order after hearing a plea filed by the petitioner, Haji Ali dargah trust which told the court that the encroachment portion should be removed. The apex court also made it clear that the Haji Ali Dargah trust will remove the alleged encroachments by May 8. The apex court also in its order said that no court shall grant any injunction on the removal of the alleged encroachments, adding that if any party wanted some modification of the court order, it can certainly move to this court. (ANI)