A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also issued notice to Delhi government and city Police Commissioner seeking their reply on the plea which sought that the "SIT should comprise members of the minority community or the National Minority Commission and alleged that government has failed to prevent such attacks."

"Issue notice to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Delhi government, Delhi Police Commissioner," the court said, adding that all the authorities concerned should file their status report within four weeks.

The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on July 1.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Reegan S Bell, which had sought a status report from the Centre, Delhi government and police on action taken by them regarding the attacks and efforts made by them to secure these places against such incidents in future.

Central government's Standing Counsel Anil Soni, appearing for the MHA, opposed the plea, saying it was a "communal petition" and that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to look into the alleged attacks.

Advocate Soni also said, "Why should this (petition) be concerned with churches only, all the places of worship should be protected irrespective of the religion. There are attacks on temples, gurdwaras and mosques too. No one wants to say about that. The petitioner should be concerned with all religions.

"At least 200 temples were vandalised, 30 gurdwaras and 14 mosques were vandalised along with six churches in the national capital last year. We can't give preference to one religion. We are for all the religious places," Soni said.

To which the court posed a query to both the governments and police whether they have lodged any FIR in connection with any of the attacks in the national capital.

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