Justice Rajiv Shakdher appointed lawyer Saqib as new court commissioner, after Delhi government’s counsel Najimi Waziri requested that he be excused from the assignment.
The court asked Saqib to visit the Jama Masjid site to verify the allegations and to file his status report in two weeks.
The matter will come up for hearing on December 18.
While appointing Saqib as court commissioner, Justice Shakdher said in his order, “Advocate Najimi Waziri expressed personal difficulties in continuing as the court commissioner.
Accordingly, Saqib is going to be the court commissioner. Necessary assistance will be given to him by the police. A status report will be filed in two weeks.”
The court had earlier asked its commissioner to visit the mosque with the officials from the MCD and police to ascertain the correct position of the structures. It had also ordered that if the structures are found to be illegal, they should be demolished.
The petitioner in the case, Suhail Ahmed Khan, had alleged that Bukhari and his brothers had started illegal construction and encroached on government land adjacent to Jama Masjid.
The petition sought legal action against Bukhari and asked the court to immediately restrain any further construction.