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Published in the 16-31 Dec 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition
Jama Masjid may be declared protected monument
New Delhi: A two-judge bench of Delhi high court comprising Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmed on November 3 while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Heritage and Culture Forum asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Delhi Waqf Board to work out the modalities to declare the historic Jama Masjid a protected monument.
The ASI counsel said to the court that there was a proposal to declare the Red Fort complex a world heritage site and the mosque could be included in it.The Waqf Board too is in favour of declaring Jama Masjid as a "protected monument".
The court took to task the SDM of Daryaganj for failing to remove illegal constructions surrounding the mosque. The court had passed orders in November 2000 and September 2002 to this effect. The SDM had been directed to file a report in the matter by November 24, on next date of hearing in the case.
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