After Gyanvapi mosque seal, Plea filed in Mathura court to close Shahi Idgah Mosque

Shahi Eidgah Mosque Mathura Uttar Pradesh. [File Photo]

Mathura: Days after Varanasi court ordered sealing of a part of Gyanvapi mosque, a plea has been filed before a local court in Mathura to seal the Shahi Idgah mosque.

The plea moved by two lawyers, Mahendra Pratap Singh and Rajendra Maheshwari has cited the order passed in Gyanvapi dispute to claim similar relief with respect to Shahi Idgah mosque, Bar and Bench reported.

“It is submitted that in the recent survey conducted in the case of Rakhi Singh vs Government of Uttar Pradesh, the manner in which Hindu Shivling remains have been found in Gyanvapi Masjid, it has become clear that the respondents have been protesting there since the beginning. The same situation is of the litigant property of the above case of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi which is the real sanctum,” the plea mentioned as per the report.

The plea filed before Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mathura claimed that there are Hindu religious relics like lotus, Sheshnag, Om, Swastika etc. some of which have been destroyed and some are now trying to be destroyed by the respondents.

“In this situation, if the Hindu relics are destroyed, the object of the suit and the evidence will be lost, causing irreparable loss to the plaintiffs,” the application stated.

The plea has, therefore, sought arrangements for proper security of the premises by restricting everyone’s access to the mosque, the report said.

“It is requested that in view of the above circumstances, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mathura and District Magistrate Mathura and CRPF Commandant should be directed to seal the property in question i.e. Shahi Idgah and appoint security officers for the premises and direct them not to destroy the ancient Hindu religious symbols Swastika, Kamal, Om,” the plea prayed.

A civil court had earlier dismissed a suit which sought removal of the Shahi Idgah Masjid on grounds that it was built over Krishna Janmabhoomi land. The court had cited the bar on admitting the case under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, the Bar and Bench report mentioned.

However, this decision was appealed before the Mathura District Court which reserved its verdict on May 5, 2022. The verdict is expected to be pronounced on May 19, Thursday.

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