Civil suit filed in Saket court seeks restoration of ‘Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque’ to a Trust that would ensure performance of regular pooja
NEW DELHI – A Delhi court has been approached alleging that a mosque within the complex of Qutub Minar in Mehrauli was built by demolishing a temple complex comprising as many as 27 temples.
A civil suit filed before the Saket Court on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev and Hindu deity Lord Vishnu (through their next of friends) seeks restoration of the alleged temple complex, reports Live Law.
The petition was filed before Civil Judge Neha Sharma on Tuesday. The next date of hearing has been fixed on December 24
The Petitioners have alleged that 27 Hindu and Jain temples were dismantled, desecrated and damaged under the command of emperor Qutub-Din-Aibak, who raised some construction at the same very place of temples naming it as, ‘Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque’.
It is submitted that the Mughal ruler failed to completely demolish the existing temples and only partial demolition was carried out and after reusing the material of the temples, the said mosque was erected.
According Live law, the Petitioner’s version is also supported by a short history displayed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which narrates that the 27 temples were demolished and reusing the materials of demolished temples the construction of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was raised.
The petitioners have urged the court to decree the right to worship with rites & rituals, performance of regular pooja within the temple complex situated in the area of Qutub Complex in Mehruli.
It is significant to note that the disputed site was declared to be a monument of National importance by the Central Government and is presently being maintained by the ASI as per provision of the Ancient monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
Thus, the Petitioners have sought for a mandatory injunction directing the Central Government to create a Trust, and to hand over the Management and Administration of the alleged temple complex, after framing the scheme of administration to such Trust.
Further, a prayer is made to permanently injunct and restrain the Defendants, i.e. Union of India and ASI, from interfering in making necessary repair works, raising construction and making arrangements for Pooja, Darshan and Worship of Deities.