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Allahabad HC dismisses PIL seeking ‘removal’ of Mathura’s Idgah Mosque

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The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) plea seeking recognition of Mathura’s historic Shahi Idgah Mosque site as Krishna Janam Bhoomi.

A bench of Chief Justice Pritinker Diwaker and Justice Ashutosh Srivastava passed this order after reserving its verdict on the matter last month.

A detailed order is awaited.

Last month, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain a plea by the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust seeking a scientific survey of Shahi Idgah Masjid premises, leaving all questions relating to the ongoing Hindu nationalists’ claims open to the Allahabad High Court to decide.

Since the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and the Supreme Court’s decision to construct Ram Mandir on the land where once the Masjid stood, Hindutva groups have been claiming sites, where mosques are standing, as Hindu sacred sites. Various Hindutva forces have constantly invoked the slogan “Ayodhya Toh Sirf Jhanki Hai, Kashi Mathura Baki Hai” which translates to – “Ayodhya is a mere trailer, Kashi and Mathura are still left”, referring to the Gyanvapi Mosque in Benaras and the Shahi Idgah Mosque in Mathura.

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