New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Haji Ali Trust to remove all encroachments in the 908 sq mt area which covers the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai and its surroundings by 8 May.

In order to effect this, a bench headed by chief justice J.S. Khehar entrusted the trust to take over from the joint task force which was earlier concerned with the removal of encroachments around the dargah.

The order was passed after Gopal Subramanium, counsel for the trust agreed to the trust carrying out removal of encroachments in the designated area. In addition, the trust was asked to place a plan for beautification architectural plan for maintenance of the access and surrounding areas.

The court was acting on a plea by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust challenging a February order of the Bombay high court order which called for the formation of a joint task force comprising municipal corporation of greater Mumbai and the collector to remove illegal encroachments on the approach road leading to the dargah.

The matter will be heard next on 9 May.

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