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Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust Files Petition for Archaeological Survey of Shahi Eidgah Mosque in Mathura

The Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust has filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for a similar archaeological survey of the Shahi Eidgah mosque in Mathura, which is next to the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple, as was done at the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi. 

To provide a thorough knowledge of the site’s significance, a survey like this would include contemporary archaeological techniques, geospatial analyses, and historical records, according to the Special Leave Petition (SLP) that was filed in the Supreme Court in opposition to the orders of the Allahabad High Court.

Ashutosh Pandey, president of the trust, filed the petition outlining the various grievances and claimed that the respondents, including Shahi Masjid Eidgah Management Committee, were responsible for “damaging the property, particularly elements that hold religious and historical significance for the Hindus.” 

Additionally, the petitioner claimed that “the respondents have caused harm to temple pillars, and symbols, and have used generators leading to further damage to walls and pillars.” Concerns concerning inconsistencies in property registrations have also been expressed by the petitioner. They said that because “taxes are being collected under the moniker of ‘Katra Keshav Dev, Mathura’.” the land may not actually be registered under the name “Eidgah.” The Shahi Eidgah mosque committee’s 1968 agreement with members of the temple body has also been contested by the petitioner.

The Allahabad High Court dismissed a writ petition last month that asked it to order the Mathura civil court to rule on a request (made by the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust) for a scientific study of the Shahi Masjid Eidgah grounds.

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