IDGAH MOSQUE HEARING ON 19TH NOVEMBER IN MATHURA COURT

IDGAH MOSQUE HEARING ON 19TH NOVEMBER IN MATHURA COURT

IDGAH MOSQUE HEARING ON 19TH NOVEMBER IN MATHURA COURT

 

In 1669-70 AD, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had issued orders for the demolition of a large number of Hindu religious places and temples which included the temple standing at the birthplace of Lord Shree Krishna at Katra Keshav Dev, Mathura. In place of this temple a mosque was constructed called the Idgah Mosque.

Recently, a law suit seeking the removal/demolition of this mosque from land claimed as ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’ (birthplace of Lord Krishna) was filed by Bhagwan SriKrishna Virjman at Katra Keshav Dev Khewat, Mauja Mathura Bazaar City. Additional District Judge Chhaaya Sharma passed the order stating that the court refuses to entertain the plea citing the bar on admitting the case under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.

Subsequently, the plaintiff, Bhagwan SriKrishna Virjman, had moved the civil suit through Ranjana Agnihotri and six other devotees of Lord Shri Krishna. Lawyers Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain had filed the petition that has demanded the annulment of a 1968 Mathura court ruling, ratifying a land deal reached between the Shree Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan and Shahi Idgah Management Committee, perpetuating the existence of the mosque within the temple premises.

The petition had described the mosque as a “superstructure” illegally built on “encroached land” which was a result of an “illegal compromise” that was entered into by the Committee of Management of Trust Shahi Masjid Idgah with the consent of Sunni Central Board of Waqf with the Society Shree Krishna Janamasthan Seva Sangh on October 12, 1968.

Advocate Vishnu Jain mentioned that the district court admitted the appeal on the grounds that the order of the civil judge was in contradiction of the Supreme Court’s order that was passed last year in the Ram Janmabhoomi case mentioned in para 346 that a worshipper can file a suit to “protect interests of the deity against a stranger where a shebait is negligent in its duties or takes actions that are hostile to the deity”.

In this case the shebait is the Shree Krishna Janambhoomi Trust that was set up to protect the interests of the land where Lord Krishna was allegedly born which has been non-functional since 1958 and has failed to protect the deity's property.

The organisations that are listed as the respondents of the suit are:

1. UP Sunni Central Waqf Board

2. Committee of Management Trust of Shahi Masjid Idgah.

3. Shree Krishna Janambhoomi Trust, Mathura

4. Shree Krishna Janm Sthan Sewa Sansthan

After these new facts have been brought to light, the court has issued notices to the Trust Masjid Idgah, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust and Shree Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan, and fixed the hearing for November 19 to settle the dispute once and for all.