Shahi Idgah mosque committee to move SC against HC order allowing survey of complex

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

Mathura: The Muslim party involved in the Shahi Idgah case has decided to challenge the Allahabad High Court’s ruling permitting a court-supervised examination of the Shahi Idgah premises adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

Tanveer Ahmed, the Secretary of the Shahi Idgah Masjid Management Committee and advocate, issued a statement late on Thursday, announcing the committee’s intention to contest the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court.

He stated, “We will pursue every possible legal avenue against this decision. “Qasim Rasool Ilyas, spokesperson for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), expressed support for the Shahi Idgah mosque committee’s decision. He affirmed that the AIMPLB’s legal committee would extend assistance to the Shahi Idgah Masjid committee.

Referring to a 1991 law enacted by the Central government during the Babri Masjid dispute, he mentioned that the law aimed to resolve disputes related to places of worship by maintaining the status quo as of 1947.

Ilyas remarked, “It was anticipated that no further conflicts would arise following this law, but certain elements, uninterested in fostering peace and harmony between Hindus and Muslims, seem intent on promoting discord for their political gains.”

The High Court, on Thursday, approved a court-monitored examination of the Shahi Idgah complex. The court endorsed the appointment of an advocate commissioner to supervise the survey of the mosque premises, which the petitioners argue bear indications of its former status as a Hindu temple.

Justice Mayank Kumar Jain stated that the specifics of the survey would be deliberated upon in the upcoming hearing on December 18.

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