Mathura Court Admits The Petition Seeking Removal Of Mosque From ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’

by Shatakshi Gupta

On Friday, the Mathura court accepted the petition of Shri Krishna Virajman on the Krishna Janmabhoomi dispute.  On October 12, a case was filed in the district court on behalf of Shri Krishna Virajaman.  The petition alleges encroachment of the premises and building the Shahi Idgah Masjid.  Claiming 13.37 acres of land, including the land of the Shahi Masjid, has been sought to be owned.

 On Friday, the district court sent a notice to 4 parties, including the Sunni Central Waqf Board, in the case.  The next hearing will be on 18 November.  Advocate for Sri Krishna Virajaman, Harishankar Jain said that besides the Waqf Board, notices have been issued to Shahi Masjid Idgah Trust, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust, Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan.

The civil court rejected the petition

 Petitioner Ranjana Agnihotri said that the petition was filed in the court of Civil Judge Senior Division on 25 September.  On September 30, our case was dismissed by the civil judge.  The court had then said that if our case is approved as a devotee, then the judicial system will collapse. After this order, an appeal was made to the District Court.

 Ranjana Agnihotri said that the place where the Shahu Idgah Mosque stands was a prison where Lord Krishna was born.  This petition has been filed on the behalf of Shri Krishna Virajaman, Sthan Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Katra Keshava Dev Kewat, Ranjana Agnihotri, Pravesh Kumar, Rajesh Mani Tripathi, Karunesh Kumar Shukla, Shivaji Singh, Tripurari Tiwari.

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 What is the dispute? 

 In 1951, it was decided that Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust would be built again and the trust would manage the grand temple there.  After this, an organization named Sri Krishna Janma Sthan Seva Sangh was formed in 1958.  The institution did not legally own the land, but it began to play all the roles assigned to the trust.

The institution filed a civil case for control of the entire land in 1964, but in 1968 it settled with the Muslim side.  Under this, the Muslim side left some of their possession for the temple and were given a nearby place instead.  Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Mosque are built on 13.37 acres.  It currently occupies 10.50 acres of land.  However, the petitioner has sought ownership of the entire land.