Senior advocate NK Kaul, appearing for the Satara administration, read out the reports of Satara deputy conservator of forest and Satara collector, which detailed the demolition work carried out near the Pratapgad fort forest area. “The tombs of Afzal Khan and his disciples have been protected.
But the structures on an over 543 square metre area, having two ‘dharamshalas’ with 19 rooms, were demolished,” he said. Advocate Mohd Nizamuddin Pasha, appearing for Hazrat Mohd Afzal Khan Memorial Society, said it was the state which had appealed against the HC’s order for demolition of these structures.
Kaul said it was the HC which had directed that the administration would not regularise any unauthorised construction. “The demolished constructions were found in pristine forest area, hence removed,” he said.
The bench said the administration is stating they haven’t touched the graves, hence the interim application by the society has become infructuous. It said the original special leave petition filed by Maharashtra government over a decade ago would be listed for hearing.