A local court in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura has admitted a new lawsuit that seeks the shifting of the Meena Masjid from its site. The petitioners claim that the mosque was built on part of the Katra Keshav Deo temple.
The civil court issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Intezamia Committee of the mosque, both defendants in the suit.
A clutch of petitions is already pending in different courts in Mathura for the shifting of Shahi Masjid Idgah from its place, claiming that it was constructed at the birthplace of Lord Krishna on the temple premises.
The new suit has been filed by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha national treasurer Dinesh Sharma, who describes himself as a devotee of Lord Krishna (Thakur Ji) and His ‘Vaad Mitra’ (friend of the suit).
The suit has been filed in the court of Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mathura, which asked the petitioner to deposit all relevant documents with its registrar.
The suit seeks the removal of the mosque situated on the east side of the Krishna temple. “Being a follower of Sanatan dharma, the aim of the petition is to preserve the properties of the petitioner 1 (Lord Krishna deity),” Sharma submitted in the suit.
The matter will be heard on October 26.
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This came a day after a court in the Varanasi district agreed to hear a petition for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are placed on an outer wall of Gyanvapi Masjid near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The Varanasi court dismissed a petition filed by the mosque management which argued that the petition was not maintainable under the Places of Worship Act, 1991.
“It is clear that no bar has been imposed by the Act regarding a suit claiming the right to worship idols installed in the endowment within the premises of the temple, or outside,” ruled District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha.