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Mosque in Allahabad HC complex: SC asks UP govt to explore possibility for relocating

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the government to explore the possibility of granting a piece of land to relocate an illegal mosque situated inside the High Court complex.

A bench of and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the for government to obtain instructions on the relocation of the mosque to "solve the problem".

The court was hearing the Waqf Board's plea challenging the November 8, 2017, order of the High Court which gave it three months to move the mosque out of the premises.

Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for government, said that the administration would try to find out an alternative piece of land for relocation and if that cannot be done, it will apprise the court of the reasons on July 3, the next date of hearing.

On April 2, the High Court had told the apex court that it does not have an alternative plot of land for relocating a mosque situated on the premises and the may consider shifting it to another land.

The top court had then sought the view of the and asked the to serve the copy on the for the

The had said that as far as high court is concerned, there is no alternative land for relocating the mosque.

It had said there is already shortage of space for parking of advocates' vehicles and there is no alternative land where the mosque can be shifted.

had contended that the structure had been there for several decades and it can't be just asked to move out.

It has moved the apex court against the high court verdict by which it had directed removal of the mosque situated in the high court premises.

The apex court had earlier directed the parties to arrive at a consensus on where the mosque should be relocated.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 20:20 IST