The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the authorities to demolish the illegal construction inside the Amir Khusro Park here and restore it to its original position.
While directing the demolition, a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rekha Palli said no illegal construction in the city will be spared.
“Law is the same for everyone, as to whoever is before us. It has to be complied. Delhi's Master Plan has notified everything whether it’s a graveyard, ground or houses to be built. So it has to be strictly abided by every citizen of Delhi,” the Bench said.
It said that old structures will be preserved but only those which have complied with the law, while the remaining ones will have to go. “This court will not allow anyone to take law in their hands,” the Bench added.
The court's observation came during the hearing of a plea by an NGO which has moved the court against removal of a night shelter inside the Amir Khusro Park bordered by Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Lodhi Road in south Delhi.
The NGO said the shelter houses 50-60 children and around 60 women, who were left homeless after the demolition carried out by the authorities in pursuance to a high court order.
The court refused to stay the demolition and directed the authorities to ensure that all the homeless are accommodated in another shelter home located in the vicinity.
It said “everyone who is in Delhi should have a roof over their heads. You cannot leave anyone on road.”
The Bench, however, made it clear to the authorities and the encroachers that the park has to be preserved and no illegal construction will be allowed inside it. The court had refused to grant relief to a man against an anti-encroachment drive in parks of the Capital, observing that “squatters” can’t be allowed to stay inside.