A bench of Chief Justice Pritinker Diwaker and Justice Ashutosh Srivastava passed the order after reserving its verdict on the matter last month
NEW DELHI — The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking recognition of Mathura’s Shahi Idgah Mosque site as Krishna Janmabhoomi.
A bench of Chief Justice Pritinker Diwaker and Justice Ashutosh Srivastava passed the order after reserving its verdict on the matter last month. A detailed verdict is still awaited, Livelaw News Network reported.
The PIL, moved by Advocate Mahek Maheshwari in 2020, primarily contended that various historical texts have recorded that the site in question was, in fact, Krishna Janmabhoomi and even the history of Mathura dates back to Ramayana Kaal and Islam came just 1,500 years ago.
The petition also pleaded that it was not a proper mosque as per Islamic jurisprudence as a mosque can’t be built on forcibly acquired land and as per Hindu jurisprudence, a temple is a temple even if it is in ruins.
Therefore, the PIL prayed that the temple’s land should be handed over to the Hindus and that a proper trust for Krishna Janmabhoomi Janmasthan is formed, for building a temple on the said land. An additional prayer was made for a court-monitored GPRS-based excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the disputed structure.