Delhi HC Raps NGO For Using Govt Land As Burial Ground
No one has the right to indiscriminately use an open land, especially that belonging to the government, as a burial ground, the Delhi High Court has held.
The ruling by a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar came on a public interest litigation, challenging a sub-divisional magistrate's order questioning use of a government land at Uttam Nagar in west Delhi as a burial ground. The magistrate had issued notice to an Uttam Nagar-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), asking it how it came to be in possession of the government land and in what capacity was it using it as a burial ground.
The court noted that the petitioner NGO, the Kabristan Intzamia Association, had started using the government land on the basis of a statement made by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and "no legal right was either pointed out or made out with respect to the subject land".
It HC held that there was no “illegality” in the sub-divisional magistrate's order passed in August this year. The Bench also said that all the parties had to abide by the magistrate's decision, and directed the local authorities to take strict action for violation of the order.
"No person has any right to use any open land, especially government land, indiscriminately as a burial ground," the court said and dismissed the NGO's plea.
With inputs from Housing News