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Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Dispute: Mathura Court Orders Survey Report Of Mosque To Be Submitted By Jan 20

Many pleas have been filed in the Mathura court demanding the removal of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Masjid from the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex, claiming the mosque has been built on the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Shahi Idgah mosque in Mathura
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A district court here has sought a survey report by a revenue department official of the Shahi Idgah mosque complex on January 20, according to the counsel for petitioners who have sought its shifting claiming it was built at the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

The order by Civil Judge Senior Division (III) Sonika Verma came in the suit Bal Krishna and others Vs Intezamia committee and others, petitioners' counsel  Shailesh Dubey said on Saturday. “The learned judge had ordered Amin (term used to refer to a revenue department official) on December 8 to inform both the parties and submit a survey report on the next hearing”, the counsel said.

The hearing in the case could not take place on December 22 as the judge was on leave on that day. The court has now fixed January 20, 2023 as the next date of hearing.

He said Bal Krishna and others had filed the suit in the court of civil judge senior division (3rd ) on December 8 for shifting of Shahi Masjid Idgah constructed on a part of 13.37 acre land of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi trust allegedly by demolishing Katra Keshav Dev temple by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

The suit is one of the many pleas demanding the removal of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Masjid from the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex, claiming the mosque has been built on the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

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The "compromise" between Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan and Shahi Masjid Idgah made in 1968 was also challenged in the suit, according to lawyers.

The court ordered had earlier ordered a survey of the Shahi Idgah Mosque by the Archaeological Survey of India from January 2. The ASI  report is supposed to be submitted by January 20.

(With inputs from PTI)

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