Delhi HC asks local authorities to consider airlifting Hanuman statue from Karol Bagh


The Delhi High Court on Monday suggested the local authorities to consider airlifting the 108-ft tall Hanuman statue from New Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.

Distressed over illegal constructions in the national capital, the acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the suggestion while hearing a PIL by an NGO seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the area.

Consider if the statue can be airlifted. Speak to the L-G. You know, in the US, entire skyscrapers are shifted as a whole,” said the Court.

In another statement, the panel said “if the civic bodies could at even one place show that the law was being enforced, the mindset of the people of Delhi would change”.

The Delhi High Court also expressed disappointment with the Municipal Corporation and said “enough opportunities have been given to the municipal corporations to enforce the law “but no one wants to do it”.

The SHO of Karol Bagh police station, DCP and the chief engineer of the PWD were also directed to submit a report of people who were responsible for erecting the idol and promoting illegal constructions along with details of government officials who were in charge of the area during that period.

The matter regarding the removal of increasing encroachments was addressed by the the Delhi High Court on November 15. The order was later modified and listed for hearing on November 24.

In May, the High Court had appointed a committee to look into matters dealing with illegal and unauthorised constructions.