A Hindu outfit, the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Aandolan Samiti, has moved a Mathura court with a plea offering land to the Muslim party/mosque management committee in lieu of the 17th century Shahi Masjid which allegedly stands in the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex in the temple town. The outfit has said the land will larger than the present mosque and that the Muslim party can relocate there upon its demolition.
The petitioners have made this offer quoting the 2019 Ram Janmabhoomi title suit verdict of the Supreme Court, where the Apex Court ruled in favour of Hindu parties but asked the government to provide land to Muslims to rebuild the mosque demolished in 1992. According to the petitioners, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the management committee of Shahi Masjid, Idgah should accept the offer to resolve the matter amicably.
In the Ayodhya case, the Supreme Court had said the Babri Masjid structure was built after bringing down the Ram temple in Ayodhya and Muslims were given alternative land to have their place of worship across the Saryu.
The Mathura Aandolan Samiti has claimed in its application, filed through Advocate Mahendra Pratap Singh, that the shrine was demolished by the Muslim Party on its own, they would be giving a larger piece of land to the mosque management committee outside the Chaurasi Kos Parikarma circuit of the temple town.
Advocate Singh, the president of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Andolan Samiti and also one of the petitioners, moved the application to this effect in the court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) at Mathura. In the application, he claims that his organisation will make the land available to Muslims, if they accept the offer.
Since the senior civil judge was on leave, the application has been submitted to Civil Judge II Anupam Singh and the court set July 5 as the next date of hearing.
Tanveer Ahmed, secretary and counsel for Shahi Masjid Idgah in Mathura, denied that a copy of the application has been provided to them. He said no copy of such application was handed over to the Idgah Committee and said the committee will examine the averments made therein after receiving the copy.
A suit was filed in 2020 on behalf of deity Lord Krishna seeking removal of the Shahi Idgah, adjacent to the temple complex in Mathura. Ahmed, however, said that suit itself has been challenged.
A writ petition is also pending in Allahabad High Court seeking the removal of the Shahi Eidgah Mosque, allegedly built on Krishna Janmabhoomi. The petition filed by Advocate Mahek Maheshwari seeks that the temple land should be handed over to the Hindus and a proper trust for Krishna Janmabhoomi Janmasthan be formed, for building a temple on the said land.