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Court seeks objections to pleas to depute advocate to survey Shahi Idgah mosque

Mathura, May 23 (PTI) A Mathura court on Monday asked Shahi Idgah mosque’s management committee and others to file their objections to a plea for appointing a court commissioner to survey the mosque and verify the temple’s signs in it.

Civil Judge (Senior Division) Jyoti Singh invited the respondents’ objection by July 1, the next date of the hearing of the suit for the relocation of the mosque from near the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and the interim pleas to survey it for the existence of temple signs in it.

“Objections invited. Next hearing on July 1,” District Government Counsel Sanjay Gaur said citing the court’s Monday order.

The court is hearing a bunch of suits for the removal of the mosque from near the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in the Katra Keshav Dev Temple complex and subsequent interim applications for appointing a court commissioner to survey the temple.

The petitioners have sought the mosque’s survey, claiming the existence of several signs of temples, like those of “Om, swastika and lotus” inside it besides its alleged “Hindu architecture”.

The pleas have been filed by deity Thakur Keshav Dev Ji Maharaj virajman (in-situ) in its capacity as a juristic person, represented by advocates Mahendra Pratap Singh and Rajendra Maheshwari as its “next friend”, among others.

The other petitioners included United Hindu Front founder Jay Bhagwan Goyal, a Delhi resident, and Vrindavan’s Dharm Raksha Sangh president Saurabh Gaur.

The suits filed by Singh and others in December 2020 list Shahi Masjid Idgah’s Intezamia committee’s secretary, president / chairman of the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Srikrishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan’s secretary and Sri Krishna Janmabhumi Trust as respondents.

The court fixed July 1 as the next date of hearing on the reopening of courts after summer vacation as respondents sought time for filing their objections, DGC Gaur said.

Advocate Maheshwari had sought expeditious appointment of a court commissioner for the mosque’s survey, fearing that the courts would remain closed for over a month on account of the summer vacation and during this long period the temple signs existing in the mosque could be obliterated, the government counsel said.

In their interim application, the petitioners had sought the Mathura court to replicate the Varanasi court order, submitting the latter’s order for the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque. PTI CORR NAV RAX RAX

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