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Shahi Eidgah Dispute: Supreme Court Declines Stay in Despite Muslim Opposition

The domes of the Shahi Idgah mosque. | Rob Elliott/AFP

In the ongoing Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah mosque dispute in Mathura, the Supreme Court has declined to stay the Allahabad High Court’s order permitting a court-monitored survey of the contested Shahi Idgah premises. The Muslim side has knocked the doors of the Supreme Court, challenging the Allahabad High Court’s decision.

The Allahabad High Court, in response to a plea, had recently granted permission to appoint an advocate commissioner for the survey of the disputed site adjoining the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. The main matter related to the Krishna Janmbhoomi case was brought before a bench headed by Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti on Friday. The Supreme Court, however, has opted not to intervene at this stage and has scheduled a hearing on January 9.

Justice Mayank Kumar, leading the High Court bench, announced that a decision on appointing the court commissioner would be made on December 18. The application for the survey was filed as part of the pending suit concerning the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah mosque dispute. The petition, submitted by the deity (Bhagwan Sri Krishna Virajman) and seven others, asserts that Lord Krishna’s birthplace lies beneath the mosque.

The petition contends that several indicators, including a lotus-shaped pillar characteristic of Hindu temples and an image of ‘Sheshnaag,’ a Hindu deity who protected Lord Krishna on the night of his birth, are present at the site. The deity’s legal representatives argue that these features provide evidence supporting the claim that the mosque was originally a Hindu temple.

The Allahabad High Court had earlier consolidated all pending suits related to the dispute before the Mathura court, taking jurisdiction over various pleas seeking relief in the matter. The legal battle over the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah mosque dispute continues, with the Supreme Court set to play a pivotal role in the upcoming hearings.

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