Mumbai, Oct 18 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today issued notices to the Navi Mumbai Muncipal Corporation (NMC) in regard to allotment of land for a Muslim graveyeard and has asked the corporation to reply in four weeks.
A division bench comprising justices S B Mhase and D G Karnik gave the direction in response to a petition filed by a local Muslim trust, Anjuman Khairul-Islam Trust.
The Trust had moved the court after the corporation refused to hand over the same as directed by CIDCO, a state government body which allots plots.
The petition, filed by Trust secretary Afaque Khan, apprised the court that since 1998, the trust had consistently made representations with the state goverment authorities to allot a plot of land to be used as a burial ground.
On May 8 this year, the CIDCO Managing Director issued directions to NMC to execute the necessary agreement in favour of the Trust by way of handing over the physical possession of three plots at Koparkherna in Navi Mumbai, but the same was never handed over.
Advocate S G Kudle, appearing on behalf of the Trust, alleged before the court that NMC instead of handing over the plots as per the Managing Director's directives delayed the agreement under the influence of the builder lobby and issued a public notice calling for fresh application from the needy persons.
The court was also apprised that the role of NMC was limited only to execute the agreement and hand over the possession of the plot to the Trust, hence the public notice issued was contradictory to the provisions of the law of the land and principles of natural justice.
It was also submitted that the population of the minority community in the said area was increasing and as a result a burial ground has become necessary.