“Will prayer reach God if you pray from an illegal property,” remarked the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, expressing displeasure at the illegally constructed Hanuman idol in Karol Bagh here.
A Bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar made it clear that officials responsible for allowing the 108-foot idol to be erected would be prosecuted.
“Even if we can’t remove the temple, people who are responsible for it will meet their fate,” the Bench said, after it was informed that the idol was built in 2002, and the temple along with it was run by a trust.
The High court on a previous hearing had noted that these constructions were not only encroachments on public land but also render the persons responsible for commission of offences under the IPC.Indian Penal Code
The court called for full particulars of the persons responsible for erection of the idol as well as the unauthorised buildings.
The court had also taken note of the committee report which pointed out that there is an encroachment of up to 1170 square yards on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land at the Old Link Road, Southern Ridge.