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Mathura: Shahi Idgah Masjid files objection against court’s survey order

The Shahi Idgah mosque committee on Monday filed its objection against a Mathura court order for a survey of the mosque.

The survey order was passed by a civil court on 24 December while hearing a plea filed by Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta, who claimed that the mosque was built over the birthplace of the deity Krishna. The court has ordered the survey report to be submitted by 20 January.

The objection was filed since the panel was neither presented with a copy of the petition nor heard before the order was passed or was notified about it, said counsel and secretary of the Shahi Idgah management committee Tanveer Ahmed, reported the Economic Times.

The Masjid committee also sought to clarify that the court order had called for a report of the current status of the religious place and not for a survey.

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 Eidgah Mosque in Mathura.

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