‘The Judge has fixed November 18 as the next date of hearing in the case’
Mathura: A local court in Mathura town of Uttar Pradesh state has admitted a plea seeking removal of the the Shahi Idgah mosque adjacent to the ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’.
In this regard, the District Court Judge Sadhna Rani Thakur has fixed November 18 as the next date of hearing in the case, The Hindu reported.
The court in Mathura had earlier dismissed the plea seeking an order to ‘remove’ the mosque.
On September 30, the Judge of the court Chhaya Sharma had said that Krishna had countless devotees but if each devotee was allowed to file a suit like this, it would jeopardise the judicial and social system.
Quoting Hari Shankar Jain, the lawyer for the petitioners, the report said that Judge Thakur observed that in case the trustees were not approaching the court, the devotees could. The report quoted him saying that the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 did not apply to the case.
According to the report, the suit is filed by Lucknow-based advocate Ranjana Agnihotri and seven others on behalf of the child deity Bhagwan Krishna Virajman.
In this regard, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Committee of Management of Trust of Shahi Idgah have been arraigned as defendants in the suit, along with Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust, Mathura, and Krishna Janma Sthan Seva Sansthan.
The suit seeks cancellation of the decree passed in July 1973 by Civil Judge, Mathura, and recovery of 13.37 acres of land situated within the area of the temple, the report mentioned.