LITTLE FLOWER CHURCH DEMOLITION: Churchill files petition in Delhi HC
MARGAO: In a significant development regarding the demolition of Little Flower Church in New Delhi, on behalf of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader, Churchill Alemao, a writ petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court by Raju D’Souza challenging the entire church demolition process.
In the petition, the Government of Delhi in addition to the Block Development Officer, Delhi Municipality and Delhi Development Authority have been named as a party. Relevant notices to all relevant authorities should be served in the next few days.
Speaking to the media, Churchill in the presence of TMC candidate Fatorda Adv Seoula Vas and Raju briefed on the petition, in which the petitioner prayed to pass an order allocating the area similar to the premises that were illegally demolished by the respondents, or to an order for the reconstruction of the church at the respondents’ expense, and to make such further orders as the court deems fit and proper in view of the facts and circumstances of the case.
Churchill alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tricked Goans by claiming he was unaware of the demolition orders for the church.
“According to the Constitution, no one has the right to prevent a community from practicing its religion. Kejriwal was fully aware of the demolition orders but showed complete ignorance when questioned by Goan media,” he said.
Petitioner Raju D’Souza, said Churchill approached him and expressed concern over the demolition of the church in Delhi.
“After deliberating on the matter, a writ petition was filed in this regard in the Delhi High Court, in which we showed with the evidence that it was a deliberate attempt with the involvement of the government of Delhi to demolish the church, despite the facts that there were other illegal religious structures in the locality,” he said.