Saturday, April 20, 2024

Supreme Court orders continuation of stay on survey of Idgah complex in Krishna Janmabhoomi temple case

The Supreme Court of India has extended the stay on the order by the Allahabad High Court which appointed a Commission for the Shahi Eidgah Mosque in connection with Mathura’s Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Masjid dispute.

The Apex Court has said that the stay has been extended till the next date.

The top has adjourned the hearing pertaining to matters related to Mathura’s Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Masjid dispute for April.

The Apex court has also given directions to the concern parties to complete pleadings and file written submissions.

A bench comprising of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta heard the SLP filed by the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and the mosque committee which challenges Allahabad High Court order of May 2023 order transferring to itself a clutch of suits over the land dispute.

Bench also had another SLP filed by the mosque committee challenging the order passed by the Allahabad High Court allowing the appointment of a court commissioner to inspect the Shahi Eidgah mosque.

The top court had stayed the implementation of the Allahabad High Court order appointing a commissioner a few days back.

On the joint request of all the parties, the hearing of all the petitions has been adjourned by the bench.

The interim stay against the direction to appoint a commissioner was, however, extended till the nest date of hearing. Justice Khanna pronounced.

The bench said that after the joint request of the parties, let it be re-list in the first half of the month of April 2024.

The Court said that in the meanwhile, parties will complete the pleadings and file written submissions in each of the matters not exceeding three pages along with relied upon judgments.

Interim orders, wherever granted, to continue.

The controversy pertains to the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb-era Shahi Eidgah mosque at Mathura, which is alleged to have been built after demolishing a temple at the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

A compromise agreement’ was brokered between the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan in 1968, which is the temple management authority, and the Trust Shahi Masjid Eidgah allowing both places of worship to operate simultaneously.

The problem should not have been there but the validity of this agreement has now been doubted by parties seeking various forms of relief in courts with respect to Krishna Janmabhoomi.

The litigants’ contention is that the compromise agreement was made fraudulently and is invalid in law. Claiming a right to worship at the disputed site, many of them hav


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