Krishna Janmabhoomi Shahi Idgah dispute: Supreme Court summons Allahabad High Court Registrar over non-filing of details on suits


The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned the Allahabad High Court Registrar over non-filing of details regarding the suits filed in connection with the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Mosque dispute.

The Bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia sought personal appearance of the Allahabad High Court Registrar on the next date of hearing, after noting that the latter was yet to file the details.

On July 21, the top court of the country had directed the Allahabad High Court Registrar to file details of all suits being currently heard by the High Court in connection with the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Mosque dispute.

Issuing a firm reminder to the High Court Registry, the Bench today directed it to send at the earliest, the requisite information and documents sought earlier by the Apex Court.

It further sought details from the Registrar of the High Court regarding the civil suits that were directed to be consolidated and transferred from the trial court.

While adjourning the hearing until October 30, the top court of the country directed a reminder be sent along with the last order to the high court's registry. 

The orders were passed on a special leave petition filed by the mosque committee against the May 2023 order of the Allahabad High Court, by which the High Court had transferred a clutch of suits related to the matter from Mathura court to itself.

The counsel appearing for the mosque committee apprised the Apex Court that filing of the suits praying for various reliefs with respect to the land dispute was a recent occurrence motivated by 'outsiders', even though different religious communities have lived in the region in communal harmony for the last 50 years.

The Apex Court further directed placing of its July 21 order before Chief Justice of the Allahabad high Court, Justice Pritinker Diwaker on the ‘administrative side,’ in order to ‘ensure a proper response’.

On its last hearing, the Apex Court had suggested the High Court to decide the matter expeditiously, in order to avoid the ‘disquiet’ caused by a multiplicity of proceedings and prolonged pendency of the dispute.