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Krishna Janmabhoomi case | Plea to remove mosque admissible, rules court

A view of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque, in Mathura. File

A view of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque, in Mathura. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The Mathura district court on Thursday said a plea seeking to remove the Shahi Idgah Masjid from the complex it shares with the Katra Keshav Dev Temple here is admissible.

The lower court which had earlier dismissed the plea is now bound to hear it.

The plea was originally filed in the court of civil judge senior division on September 25, 2020 by Lucknow-resident Ranjana Agnihotri and six others as the "next friend of Bhagwan Sri Krishna Virajman". They claimed that Shahi Idgah Masjid is constructed on a part of 13.37 acre land belonging to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust. They had demanded that the mosque be removed and the land returned to the Trust.

After the civil judge, senior division, rejected the suit on September 30, 2020 as non-admissible, the petitioners moved the the court of district judge, seeking a revision of the order.

"The court has allowed revision of the lower court order and directed the lower court to register the suit as a regular suit," District Government Counsel (Civil) Sanjai Gaur said.

Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who is representing the petitioners, said, "The court has said they [the petitioners] have the right to sue."

After the revision was filed in the district court, the arguments between both the sides — Ranjana Agnihotri and her co-petitioners vs the Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Secretary of Shahi Idgah Masjid and two others — on the admissibility of the suit were concluded on May 5, the DGC said.

The court had reserved May 19 for the pronouncement of the judgment on the admissibility of the first suit.

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