Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Case: Court upheld Amin survey order

Report of Amin survey to be submitted by April 17

NEW DELHI | Updated: 29 March, 2023 5:56 pm IST
Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple complex

A Mathura court has upheld its order on conducting the Amin survey in the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Mosque case. The court has ordered the Amin survey to be conducted by April 17 and to file the report in court.

The court of Civil Senior Division Fast Track Court Neeraj Gond issued the order on Wednesday, March 29.

In December 2020, Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta filed a petition in court to free 13.37 acres of land of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and remove the Shahi Idgah mosque, constructed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

The Hindu Sena petition also challenges the agreement made in 1968 between Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh vs Shahi Masjid Idgah.

The petition was filed on December 8. On the same day, the court issued orders to send an Amin to the disputed site and ask for a report along with the map.

The Sunni Central Board and Shahi Idgah Committee filed an objection in court, arguing that the maintainability of the claim under 7 Rule 11 should be heard first. However, the order of the Amin survey was not postponed by the court. Nor did it comment on that order.

On Wednesday, the advocate for the plaintiff, Shailesh Dubey, filed an application in court requesting that on December 8, 2022, the orders made by the court for the Amin survey and writ should be issued.

“The Sunni Central Board and the Shahi Idgah Committee are creating hurdles in issuing the writ. The order that was issued by the court for the Amin report, so far there is no stay order from any court on that, nor has the court made any comment on that order,” Dubey stated in his application.

On December 24, a local court in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura ordered a survey of the mosque by the Archaeological Survey of India after January 2.

The report will be submitted on January 20. The court passed the order on a petition filed by Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta. The survey will be done along the lines of the one done in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, where a “Shivling” was said to be found during a survey.

The Shahi Idgah mosque, Vishnu Gupta’s petition said, was built at the Krishna Janmabhoomi on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1669-70 in the 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple.

The lawsuit is one of several such petitions filed by Hindu outfits like Hindu Sena, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, etc., demanding the removal of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Masjid built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, situated on the east side of the Katra Keshav Dev temple – believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

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