Mathura court admits appeal seeking removal of mosque from ‘Krishna birthplace’

A Mathura court on Friday admitted a petition seeking the removal of Shahi Idgah Masjid, the mosque situated adjacent to Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi. 

Last month, a Mathura civil court had dismissed a similar petition filed to seek the removal of the mosque alleging it was built over Krishna Janmabhoomi. The petition, filed in the court of Senior Civil Judge Chhaya Sharma, had also demanded the annulment of a 1968 Mathura court ruling ratifying a land deal reached between the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan and Shahi Idgah Management Committee.

While today district judge Sadhna Rani Thakur admitted the petition after a prolonged hearing on Friday, senior civil judge Chhaya Sharma had dismissed the petition on September 30 during the first hearing saying the petition was not tenable to be accepted as the devotes did not have the right to file such a petition to seek removal of the mosque.

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The petition was filed by advocate Ranjana Agnihotri, the next friend of Shri Krishna Lala Virajman in Mathura district court. The petitioner also appealed to the court to get 13.37 acre land of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi vacated. The ‘next friend’ is a legal term for a person who represents someone directly unable to maintain a suit.

Meanwhile, the court also issued notices to all the parties concerned including the Sunni Central Waqf Board and management of Shahi Idgah Masjid.

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