Mathura: A local court will on Friday resume hearing on a plea seeking sealing of Mathura’s Shahi Idgah Masjid, which is adjacent to Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Sthal.
A plea has been filed in the court to seal the Masjid on the ground that it was constructed on the land belonging to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust.
The petition was filed by Mahendra Pratap Singh before Civil Judge Senior Division, Mathura to seal Shahi Idgah and deploy security there to ensure that ancient Hindu religious symbols aren’t damaged,
So far, a batch of petitions have been filed seeking removal of the mosque from the temple land, which is about 13.37 acres complex.
In May, lawyer Hari Shankar Jain, who is also appearing in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque case, said that the court had accepted one of the petitions. He said the plea – which the court had accepted – stated that the mosque is built on the land belonging to the temple.
The court had heard the matter in May and posted the case for hearing on July 1. This came just days after the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court directed the Mathura court to dispose of all the cases of Shahi Idgah Masjid dispute within four months.
On May 19, a fresh plea was filed in the court of Civil Judge Senior Division, seeking direction to secure the mosque. The petition claimed that the mosque side was tempering with Lord Krishna’s birthplace and removing evidence present inside. The petitioner also claimed that the place where prayers are offered in Idgah is the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Krishna.
Ranjana Agnihotri, another petitioner from Lucknow, has filed a suit seeking the ownership of 13.37 acres of land of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi. In her suit, she has demanded the removal of the mosque built in Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi. The mosque is said to be built in 1669-70 on the orders of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple near the birthplace of Lord Krishna,