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“Delhi Development Body Under Centre”: Arvind Kejriwal After Church Razed

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'Delhi Development Body Under Centre': Arvind Kejriwal After Church Razed

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was responding to queries by reporters during a visit to Goa. File

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today assured justice in a matter related to the demolition of a church in the national capital, saying the action was taken by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which comes under the central government.

The south Delhi district administration on July 12 razed a church built upon allegedly encroached land during a demolition drive in Chattarpur area.

The church members have termed the action “illegal”, claiming that a notice was not served to vacate the premises.

“I was initially told that the demolition was carried out by the Delhi Development Authority. The DDA comes under the Central government. The Delhi government has no control over it,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters here during his visit.

“The DDA perhaps approached the high court, which gave the order and the DDA took the action,” he said responding to a query on the issue.

The AAP national convener also said that the local MLA of his party is with the church and providing all the help.

“If there was a stay order by the High Court, the demolition of the portion would not have happened. I don’t know the legal part of the matter. When I arrived here yesterday, I was told that such action had been taken,” he said.

Mr Kejriwal said he will go back to Delhi and study the matter. “I can only assure you that justice will be done and whatever is right will be upheld,” he added.

However, the Congress hit out at Mr Kejriwal and accused him of lying on the church demolition issue.

Addressing the media in Goa, Congress national spokesperson Shama Mohamed alleged that both AAP and the BJP were behind the demolition of the church, which, she said, was razed even without serving a notice to its management.

She said the BJP and the AAP are two sides of the same coin as both “spread hatred and encourage communal divide for their selfish political gains”.

“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lied to the Goans on church demolition in Delhi,” she said.

She said the DDA has two AAP MLAs, one BJP MLA and three BJP corporators as members.

“We hold both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the demolition,” she said and dubbed the DDA action “completely illegal and insensitive”.

She said Arvind Kejriwal must explain why his party MLAs Dilip Pandey and Somnath Bharti, who are DDA members, kept quiet on the demolition issue.

BJP MLA and DDA member O P Sharma also remained a silent spectator to the illegal act of demolishing a religious structure, the Congress spokesperson added.