Thursday, February 2, 2023

Supreme Court: PIL filed to conduct confidential survey of century old mosques

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The Supreme Court of India has got a petition filed seeking for confidential survey of all the ancient and prominent mosques by the Archaeological Survey of India which are over a hundred years old and have wells and ponds in their premises.

The PIL filed has asked court for giving directions for shifting the wuzukhana (places where Muslims clean their parts of the body before offering prayers) to a modern faucet or taps instead of ponds and wells in the mosques which are over hundred years old for the time being , till a confidential survey is completed so that if any relic is discovered, there is no spread of communal disharmony ad hurt of religious sentiments.

The petition is filed through Advocate Shubham Awasthi and Advocate Sapta Rishi Mishra who have asked the Apex court to give directions for issuing guidelines on keeping the confidential survey of disputed property free from interference of any party until, the report on the confidential survey is duly submitted in the court.

The petition seeks instructions to the respondents along with directions to do a survey of all the prominent mosques in India that are about century old and have disputes due to their mention in relics and scriptures of the good old times.

The advocates mentioned in the petition that there are many mosques in India which are disputed as they find a mention of the similar place belonging to relics mentioned in Hindu text of Ramayana,Mahabharata,Puranas, Upanishads,Vedas,Vedanata.

Many find their origins in Jain Agamas (post-Vedic scripture conveying ritual knowledge and considered to have been revealed by a personal divinity), Buddhist Texts and many other ancient religious Texts that belong to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in India with mention of wells that have been used for wudu as hidden passages for hidden relics belonging to Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.

The plea said that the purpose of this confidential survey is to see what is actually in these premises and are they the spots mentioned as per the relics.

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