Court allows lawsuit demanding removal of Shahi Idgah Mosque in UP’s Mathura

A Hindu temple and Shahi Idgah Mosque side by side in Mathura UP. [Photo: Wikimedia]

Mathura: A court in Uttar Pradesh has allowed the lawsuit demanding removal of a mosque in Mathura allegedly built on what Hindus call “Krishna Janmabhoomi” or the birthplace of Hindu God Krishna.

The lawsuit demanding the removal of the mosque in Mathura claimed to be built on the “Krishna Janmabhoomi” has been allowed by the UP court, NDTV reported. This means that the lawsuit can be heard by a court, the report added.

As per the report, the lawsuit is one of the many by Hindu outfits demanding the removal of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Masjid from the Katra Keshav Dev temple, claiming the mosque has been built on the birthplace of Hindu God Krishna.

The Shahi Idgah mosque, the petitions claim, was built at the Krishna Janmabhoomi on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1669-70.

Lucknow resident Ranjana Agnihotri had filed the lawsuit as the “next friend of the infant Lord Krishna” of the Katra Keshav Dev temple.

“As worshippers of Lord Krishna we have the right to file a suit demanding restoration of his property. The mosque was wrongly built on Krishna Janmabhoomi. There was a compromise several years ago on the sharing of property, but that compromise was illegal,” NDTV quoted Gopal Khandelwal, a lawyer for the petitioner, as saying.


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