After Sedition FIR, now plea filed to strike down Delhi Minorities Commission Act and sacking of Zafarul-Islam
The petitioner has contended that the Delhi Legislative Assembly did not have the powers to enact the DMC Act. The plea comes in the wake of a sedition FIR against the DMC chairperson Zafarul-Islam Khan.
The Delhi High Court has sought the Aam Aadmi Party government's response to a plea demanding that the Delhi Minorities Commission Act is struck down. The petitioner has contended that the act was invalid. It further seeks th removal of DMC chairperson Zafarul-Islam Khan.
A two-judge bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula asked the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor's office to file a status report regarding the allegations. The matter has been now listed for hearing on May 21.
Petitioner Vikram Gahlot has contended that the Delhi Legislative Assembly did not have the powers to enact the DMC Act. And therefore, the statute should be declared as ultra vires the Constitution and struck down.
He has also contended that since the Act was not valid, the appointments made under it, would be invalid as well. Gahlot has sought removal of DMC chairman Khan.
The plea comes at a time when Khan is under attack from the fringe elements and has been allegedly receiving death threats.
Earlier, in conversation with Asiaville, Khan had said he is being targeted because he is “defending the rights of minorities”. Sedition charges were pressed against him for his social media post - thanking Kuwait speaking against “increased instances of Muslim harassment” and alleged increase in “Islamophobia in India”.
Notably, in May, the DMC chairperson had appointed a 10-member committee for a detailed probe into the Delhi communal riots which had claimed 53 lives.
Meanwhile, responding to plea, Delhi government’s additional standing counsel Anupam Srivastava told the court that in another petition seeking removal of Khan from his post, a single judge bench had on May 11 asked the administration to take a decision on the issue expeditiously as his term is set to expire on July 14.