The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved orders on conflicting pleas on the ruins of the Akbarabadi Masjid which are believed to have been found in the Capital’s Walled City last month during the digging for a station by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

A Special Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher reserved the judgment after hearing counsel for the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the Archaeological Survey of India, the Delhi Police and individuals and organisations who have approached the Court to assist it in the matter.

Earlier in its status report, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation submitted that as per the Court direction, it had cordoned off the site and handed it over to the Archaeological Survey of India with the assistance of the Delhi Police.

The local body further said that the construction raised on the site was illegal as it had been built on a public land without permission. It also submitted that it would take action against the illegal construction.

The ASI in its submission said that it would begin excavating the site after the monsoon to examine whether the ruins were of a religious structure of a particular religion.

The Delhi Police in their submission stated that they had provided 13 companies of police forces to safeguard the site and if required, they would provide more security personnel.

The matter reached the High Court when senior advocate Aman Lekhi mentioned it before it on July 19 submitting that a group of persons had started raising illegal construction on the disputed site.

Later, the High Court had directed the local body to hand over the site to the ASI so that the character of the ruins could be established.

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