The Bombay high court on Monday directed civic authorities to take action against the illegal construction carried out by a Pakistani national near a dargah in Bhandup.
A division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice AP Bhangale were informed that civic authorities had already served a ‘stop work notice’ for the building constructed by in the area by Waseem-ur-Rehman Shah alias Jugnumiyan.
The court then directed the Centre and the civic body to file an affidavit within two weeks, informing them of the kind of action they must take.
The court also pulled up the central government for extending Shah’s visa for a year, which they were earlier assured would be extended only till investigations in the cases lodged against him were on.
“It is necessary to make a reference to the order dated December 19, 2012, where the court recorded the statement of the additional solicitor general of India stating that the validity of [Shah’s] visa would be extended by 45 days. His specific statement was that the visa was extended due to pending criminal cases,” the court noted.
The high court has now demanded an affidavit from the authorities explaining why his visa was extended for such a long period.
The directions were given during the hearing of a petition filed by the trustees of Dargah Hazrat Khwaja Mansurul Hasan Shah Kutubul Auliya in Bhandup. The trustees are locked in a land dispute with Shah, who is the grandson of the sect’s founder.