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HC lets Centre decide if prayers can be offered at Khirki Masjid

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today left it to the Centre to decide a lawyer's PIL challenging the bar on offering 'namaz' or prayers at the in south Delhi, saying the government was the competent authority to take a decision on it.

The was seeking lifting of the bar on offering prayers at the protected monument as there was no other place near the complex to offer 'namaz'.

A bench of Acting and Justice C said if the matter was entertained by it, there would soon be requests coming to it for building temples and churches near court complexes.

The bench said the plea by be treated by the Centre as a representation and disposed it of.

The petitioner had claimed that while the protected monument may have historical importance, 'masjids' or mosques were built so that Muslims can pray.

The plea also contended that despite it being a protected monument as per the Archeological Survey of (ASI), the authority had taken no steps to prevent unauthorised construction around the mosque which was in a dilapidated condition.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:00 IST