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Krishna Janmabhoomi case: Appeal against Mathura Court order

Court had dismissed a civil suit demanding removal of Shahi Idgah

Sabrangindia 12 Oct 2020

Image Courtesy:news247plus.com

On September 30, a Mathura court had dismissed a plea to remove a centuries-old Shahi Idgah adjacent to a Krishna temple in Mathura citing provisions of the Places of Worship Act. However, now a civil appeal has been moved in the district court against this judgment.

The Appellants have cited Article 25 of the Constitution that deals with “Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion” and says, “Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.”

The Appellants have therefore submitted, “It is the right and duty of worshipers to make every endeavour to bring back the lost property of the deity and to take every step for the safety and proper management of the temple and the deity’s property.”

While rejecting the suit on September 30 the Mathura court had reasoned that allowing it would open the floodgates for many more people and even said that the Appellants do not have the right to sue. However, now both these claims are being contested.

Brief background of the case

In September a suit was filed before a Mathura court by the deity Baghwan Sri Krishna Virajman through next friend Ranjana Agnihotri. The other plaintiffs were Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi (birthplace of the deity) and devotees. The primary contention was that the Krishna Janmastan Seva Sangh that looked after the temple property had allegedly entered into an illegal compromise with the Committee of Management of Trust Masjid Idgah in 1968 by way of which a huge chunk of land was given to the Idgah including the spot where the deity was born. The plaintiffs had submitted, “The original karagar i.e birthplace of Lord Krishna lies beneath the construction raised by Committee of Management i.e Trust Masjid Idgah.” It insisted that the truth would be revealed if an excavation were to be conducted.

 The language of the petition itself was deeply communal, as at one point it said, “Under Hindu Law prevalent in India from thousands of years it is well recognized that the property once vested in the deity shall continue to be the deities property and property vested in the deity is never destroyed or lost and it can be regained and re-established whenever it is freed, found or recovered from the clutches of invaders, ultras or hoodlums. The Privy Council, High Courts and the Hon’ble Supreme Court in catena of decisions have endorsed the above proposition of law.”

In the months preceding this complaint a Krishna Janmabhoomi Nyas Trust was registered on July 23 that counts among its members 80 ‘saints’ from 114 states. On the night of September 20, 2020, members of the Hindu Army were arrested for making a call for the Krishna Janmabhoomi movement. It is also noteworthy that chants of “Ayodhya toh jhaanki hai, Kashi-Mathura baaki hai,” go back to the late 80s and early 90s when the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was at its peak.

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Krishna Janmabhoomi case: Appeal against Mathura Court order

Court had dismissed a civil suit demanding removal of Shahi Idgah

Image Courtesy:news247plus.com

On September 30, a Mathura court had dismissed a plea to remove a centuries-old Shahi Idgah adjacent to a Krishna temple in Mathura citing provisions of the Places of Worship Act. However, now a civil appeal has been moved in the district court against this judgment.

The Appellants have cited Article 25 of the Constitution that deals with “Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion” and says, “Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.”

The Appellants have therefore submitted, “It is the right and duty of worshipers to make every endeavour to bring back the lost property of the deity and to take every step for the safety and proper management of the temple and the deity’s property.”

While rejecting the suit on September 30 the Mathura court had reasoned that allowing it would open the floodgates for many more people and even said that the Appellants do not have the right to sue. However, now both these claims are being contested.

Brief background of the case

In September a suit was filed before a Mathura court by the deity Baghwan Sri Krishna Virajman through next friend Ranjana Agnihotri. The other plaintiffs were Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi (birthplace of the deity) and devotees. The primary contention was that the Krishna Janmastan Seva Sangh that looked after the temple property had allegedly entered into an illegal compromise with the Committee of Management of Trust Masjid Idgah in 1968 by way of which a huge chunk of land was given to the Idgah including the spot where the deity was born. The plaintiffs had submitted, “The original karagar i.e birthplace of Lord Krishna lies beneath the construction raised by Committee of Management i.e Trust Masjid Idgah.” It insisted that the truth would be revealed if an excavation were to be conducted.

 The language of the petition itself was deeply communal, as at one point it said, “Under Hindu Law prevalent in India from thousands of years it is well recognized that the property once vested in the deity shall continue to be the deities property and property vested in the deity is never destroyed or lost and it can be regained and re-established whenever it is freed, found or recovered from the clutches of invaders, ultras or hoodlums. The Privy Council, High Courts and the Hon’ble Supreme Court in catena of decisions have endorsed the above proposition of law.”

In the months preceding this complaint a Krishna Janmabhoomi Nyas Trust was registered on July 23 that counts among its members 80 ‘saints’ from 114 states. On the night of September 20, 2020, members of the Hindu Army were arrested for making a call for the Krishna Janmabhoomi movement. It is also noteworthy that chants of “Ayodhya toh jhaanki hai, Kashi-Mathura baaki hai,” go back to the late 80s and early 90s when the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was at its peak.

Related:

Krishna Janmabhoomi: Mathura court dismisses plea against Shahi Idgah
And so it begins: Civil suit filed to remove Idgah next to Krishna temple in Mathura
Hindu Army members arrested for launching ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’ movement
Are Kashi-Mathura mosques in the crosshairs of hardliners again?

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