New Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Delhi has become a difficult place to uphold the rule of law, the Delhi High Court today said and pulled up the civic bodies for allowing illegal encroachments and constructions in the national capital.

Maintaining of law and order is “next to impossible”, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.

The court’s observations came on the submissions of a Delhi resident that his wife and children were tortured because he had filed PILs against illegal encroachments and constructions near Nizamuddin Dargah and other parts of the city.

The man said his wife was secretly videographed and his 12-year-old son was beaten up by people in the presence of police personnel.

Shocked at the incident and the pictures brought to its notice, the bench observed that this was not the first time where a whistleblower has been targeted.

“This is the third instance, we have been reported about.

Their is a mob of 50 persons attacking a woman. It requires courage among the public to come to the court.

“Instead of abiding by the law and the court’s direction, the petitioner and his family members are targeted,” it said, adding that “Delhi has become such a difficult place to uphold the rule of law”.