Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi: Suit Filed In Mathura Court.

A civil suit has been filed in the Mathura Court to remove the Mughal era mosque from the Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi site. According to the petitioners, the Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi was destroyed and the mosque was built up in the site ‘illegally’ and is clearly an encroachment of the Janmabhoomi site, which needs to be removed.

The suit has been filed by a group of devotees in the Mathura Court of Uttar Pradesh, raising the questions surrounding ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’ once again.

The Mosque in Krishna Janmabhoomi was built after razing a part of the Hindu shrine on the orders of Aurangzeb, said the petitioners.

“Every inch of land, measuring 13.37 acres of Katra Keshav Dev (as the place is known historically) is sacred for devotees of Lord Krishna and the Hindu community”, said the plaintiffs before the Civil Judge in Mathura Court, reported The Indian Express’.

The petitioners in the case are Ranjana Agnihotri, Pravesh Kumar, Rajesh Mani Tripathi, Karunesh Kumar Shukla, Shivaji Singh, and Tripurari Tiwari. Ranjana Agnihotri is a Lucknow based advocate.

“The petitioners challenged the compromise arrived at between the ‘Shree Krishna JanmasthanSevaSangh, Mathura’ and the mosque trust in 1968 as “illegal and void ab initio (not legally binding)” and maintained that the land was vested in another trust- Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust and that the Seva Sangh was not authorised to act on its behalf”, reported The Indian Express.

The petitioners further alleged that the Seva Sangh and the Mosque trust did the “compromise” for their own political reasons and the ‘Karagar’ (Jail) where Shree Krishna took birth still lies below the mosque, which would be proved once excavation begins. They said that the Seva Sangh and the mosque trust made their deal and a fake ‘Karagar’ was constructed to provide an ‘eyewash’.

However, the only bar on the face of this petition happens to be the ‘Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 , which restricts changing the status of any religious site, in opposition to what it was in post 1947 period.

But it is also interesting to learn that, this law is also under challenge in the Supreme Court now and the fate of many other temple reclamation movements depends on the validity of this particular law.