Gatherings to be prohibited at Nizamuddin Markaz mosque: Centre tells Delhi High Court

A day after the declaration that Nizamuddin Markaz mosque could be opened in view of Ramzan, the Central government on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that no gathering or congregation can be permitted there on account of the latest COVID-19 guidelines. In light of the Centre’s position, the Court ordered the competent authority to file an affidavit outlining how the directive was being carried out in the national capital, including temples, mosques, and churches.

The competent authority will file an affidavit stating how clause (ii) of the prohibition at Sr.No.1, Annexure-A to the order dated 10th April, 2021 of the DDMA is being enforced, as well as whether religious/festival related and other gatherings and congregations are being allowed to take place or not, including in temples, mosques, churches, and other places of worship in the NCT of Delhi.” the Court directed.

The Court was hearing a petition preferred by the Delhi Waqf Board to re-open the Nizamuddin Markaz which came into limelight after it hosted a Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the early days of COVID-19 pandemic in the city. On Tuesday, the Board also proposed a plan to facilitate Ramadan prayers at the The Court was hearing a petition filed by the Delhi Waqf Board to reopen the Nizamuddin Markaz, which gained prominence after hosting a Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in the district. The Board also suggested a proposal to make Ramadan prayers at the mosque easier. The Court has asked for the central government’s response to the proposed proposal.

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