Krishna Janmabhoomi Or Shahi Idgah, On What Basis Was The 55-Year Old ‘Agreement’ Between Hindus And Muslims Challenged?

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi dispute case | A hearing was held on March 20 in the Shahi Idgah and Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi dispute case in Mathura. After hearing the revision petition of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nyas President Mahendra Pratap Singh, the court has fixed March 25 as the next date.

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nyas President Mahendra Pratap Singh filed a case in the court of Civil Judge Senior Division regarding the survey of Shahi Idgah, which was dismissed in the lower court. After this, a revision was filed in the district judge’s court.

The district judge’s court had sent the ADJ to the 6th court for hearing the case. After the completion of the hearing in the court of ADJ 6th, the court can now give its verdict in this matter. On behalf of the Muslim side, some rulings of the Supreme Court and the High Court have been filed in the court of ADJ-6.

What happened in the hearing so far

In the debate between the two sides on 8 February 2023, it was demanded that the survey of the Shahi Idgah should be done in the court commission. Mahendra Pratap Singh, president of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nyas, said that all the evidence needs to be handed over to the court.

During the hearing, it was alleged by the Hindu side that along with expanding the Shahi Idgah, the people of the Muslim side are trying to destroy the evidence present there. A demand was also made to conduct a survey of the mosque with the help of the government Amin. The Muslim side opposed this appeal in the court. On February 23, after hearing both sides, the court reserved the verdict.

After hearing the arguments of both parties, the court reserved its verdict on the matter and decided to hold the next hearing on March 15. After the hearing, the court reserved its decision and the next hearing has been fixed for March 25. However, the Muslim side argues that whether the case is hearable or not, it should be heard first.

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi gives tax for the land of Idgah

According to Mahendra Pratap Singh’s lawyer, the revenue records show that 13.37 acres of land in Khasra Khatauni is in the name of Janmabhoomi Trust. The lawyer says that even in the Municipal Corporation the name of the Muslim side is not registered. Even today Janmabhoomi Trust pays the tax on the land where Idgah is situated. Mahendra Pratap Singh claims that our victory is certain. Fearing defeat, the Muslim side is trying to postpone the hearing by making excuses.

13 cases so far

Different petitioners have filed 13 cases on this matter in the courts of Mathura. All the petitions have given an application for the removal of the mosque built on 13.77 acres.

Petition No. 1

The first petition is related to the Shri Krishna Virajman case. In this petition, a demand has been made to free the land of Shri Krishna Virajman.

Petition No. 2

In the second petition, a demand has been made to conduct a survey of the Shahi Idgah. In the recent hearing, the Hindu side accused the Muslim side of trying to destroy the evidence.

Petition No. 3

In the third petition, it has been claimed that ancient idols are buried in the mosque built in Agra Court. Plaintiff Mahendra Pratap claims that after demolishing the Mathura temple, the idols of God found there have been buried in the mosque built in Agra Fort. The Archaeological Department was demanded to investigate it.

Petition No. 4

In this, apart from the demand to free Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, All India Hindu Mahasabha President Dinesh Sharma has demanded a survey of Shahi Idgah.

Petition No. 5

All India Hindu Mahasabha President Dinesh Sharma claims that Meena Masjid, built on the eastern door of Meena Masjid, is being expanded. A demand has been made to conduct its Amin survey.

Petition No. 6

Ashutosh Pandey, President of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust, has demanded to free the land of Lord Shri Krishna.

Petition No. 7

Manish Yadav of Lucknow, who describes himself as a descendant of Lord Krishna, has filed a petition in the High Court demanding that the land be freed. Apart from this, 6 more cases have been filed.

What is the matter?

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust and other private parties are demanding ownership of the land on which the Shahi Idgah mosque is built. The mosque is next to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi site. It is here that Lord Krishna is believed to have been born.

According to the petition, 13.37 acres of land are owned. It is here that Lord Krishna of Hindus resides. According to the petitions, the Hindu side says that the Shahi Idgah mosque was built in 1669-70 following the orders of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. This mosque was built on the premises of the Katra Keshav Dev temple near the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Hindu side demands that the mosque be shifted.

Who are the petitioners in this case?

In the year 2021, advocate Ranjana Agnihotri along with six people first filed a claim in this case in the court of civil judge. Then the Civil Judge dismissed the petition saying that it is not maintainable as none of the petitioners are from Mathura. The court said that none of the petitioners can have a valid stake.

Let us tell you that in the year 2021 itself, various organizations including All India Teerth Purohit Mahasabha, Mathur Chaturvedi Parishad, and Hindu Mahasabha wanted to become parties in the case filed for the removal of the Shahi Idgah mosque.

The court had also said that the matter cannot be accepted under the Places of Worship Act of 1991. According to this, the religious status of any place of worship has to be maintained. After this, the decision was challenged in the district court. Here the Trust and the Temple Management Authority were made parties to the case.

The petitioners had said ‘As devotees of Lord Krishna, we have the right to file a suit seeking restitution of his property. The mosque was wrongly built on the Krishna Janmabhoomi. The petitioner’s counsel Gopal Khandelwal, citing the 1968 agreement, said, “There was an agreement many years ago on the division of property, but that agreement was illegal.

What is the 1968 agreement?

The Dargah and Idgah are situated on 13.37 acres of land. There is Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple on about 11 acres. The Shahi Idgah mosque is built on 2.37 acres. The dispute over the ownership of this entire land has been going on for more than eight decades. In 1935, the Allahabad High Court upheld the ownership rights of the Raja of Varanasi. Here, next to the ruins of the temple, there was a mosque, which was believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

In the year 1944, the industrialist couple Kishore Birla started the Shri Krishna Bhoomi Trust on Krishna Janmabhoomi. Whose aim was to build a temple on Krishna Janmabhoomi. In 1958, the industrialist couple Kishore Birla formed the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh. In 1964, the Muslim side filed a civil case against the institution. After four years, an agreement was reached with the Muslim side.

In 1968, an agreement was signed between Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan Temple Management Authority, a registered society under the law, and Trust Masjid Idgah. In this, the temple authority had given the disputed part of the land to the Idgah. Now a demand has been made to cancel the agreement of this land in 1968.

The institute and the Idgah committee had agreed upon an agreement to give ownership of the land to the temple trust. While the management rights of the mosque were left to the Idgah committee. Thus, this agreement deprived the trust of its legal right to claim the mosque.

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