Just hours after a special CBI court in Lucknow acquitted all accused in the Babri Masjid criminal conspiracy case, a court in Mathura threw out a petition to remove the Shahi Idgah adjacent to a Krishna temple in the city.
The civil suit had been filed last week with Bhagwan Shri Krishna Virajman as the plaintiff via next friend. The prayer stated, “The present suit is being filed by and on behalf of deity Plaintiff Nos.1 (One) and 2 (Two) alongwith devotees to ensure that Dharshan, Pooja, rituals according to Vedic Sanatan Dharma, faith, belief, usages, traditions and customs guaranteed under Article 25 (Twenty Five) of the Constitution of India are performed at the actual birth place and at any part of 13.37 (Thirteen Point Thirty Seven) Acers land of Katra Keshav Dev the Sunni Waqf Board, Trust Masjid Idgah and their men, workers, attorneys and every person working under them are restrained from entering into the premises of the property in question and they be directed to remove the construction illegally raised by them without authority of law at the property in question.”
However, on Wednesday, the court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) refused to entertain the plea citing section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. Section 4 (1) of this Act says, “It is hereby declared that the religious character of a place of worship existing on the 15th day of August, 1947 shall continue to be the same as it existed on that day.”
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 giving 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.
The Krishna Janmabhoomi movement appears to have been revived in wake of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya civil suit, and the recent laying of the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya by the Prime Minister, an act that may have inadvertently emboldened extremist groups to openly take a more hardline stand on communally inflammatory issues.
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