Allahabad HC Delays Order on Modalities of Shahi Idgah Survey After Hearing Submissions

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Published on: January 13, 2024 at 10:55 IST

The Allahabad High Court, in the ongoing Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah dispute, heard arguments from both parties and postponed the pronouncement of the order concerning the survey of the mosque complex’s modalities.

The Court, presided over by Justice Mayank Kumar Jain, had previously granted approval for a court-monitored survey of Shahi Idgah near the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura on December 14. However, it reserved discussions on the survey’s specifics for the subsequent hearing.

At the recent session, a request for a hearing adjournment was made on behalf of the Muslim side, citing a pending special leave petition against the survey commission’s order and the recent demise of their counsel Punit Gupta’s father. On the matter of the survey team’s composition and modalities, the counsel for the plaintiff (Hindu side) argued that the order to establish the survey team would not harm any party. They suggested the court could order the formation of a survey team led by a retired high court judge.

After considering the arguments, the court decided to defer the order, with the pronouncement expected to be available on its portal at a later date.

The Court had previously agreed, on December 14, to appoint an advocate-commissioner to supervise the survey of the mosque. The petitioners claim the mosque exhibits signs suggesting its historical roots as a Hindu temple.

Justice Jain, presiding over the suit filed by the deity Bhagwan Shrikrishna Virajman at Katra Keshav Dev and seven others, had granted approval for the commission survey during the previous hearing.

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