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Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a scientific survey in Mathura's Krishna Janam Bhoomi. The Shri Krishna Janambhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust had filed a plea in the top court seeking a stay on the Allahabad High Court order disallowing their request for a scientific survey of the dispute premises.
The Trust, which is fighting to reclaim Mathura Shri Krishna Janambhoomi temple, claimed that the Shahi Idgah mosque was built illegally over a temple property.
The plea which was filed through advocate Himanshu Shekhar Tripathi sought an interim stay on the High Court order dated July 10, 2023 upholding the order of a trial court dismissed the Trust's application for a scientific survey. Appealing against the order, the Trust said that the alleged masjid Eidgah was constructed after demolishing Hindu temples and such construction "cannot be a mosque."
They added in their plea that the respondents--Shahi Masjid Idgah Management Committee and others--were intentionally attempting to seize control of the sacred worship place and preventing the petitioner and others from practicing their religious rituals on the premises.
The plea said that the Shahi Masjid Idgah Management Committee and their representatives have been offering prayers on the same premises and using premises as restrooms which is considered to be a holy place for the petitioner. They claimed that the respondents were continuously digging and destroying Hindu symbols, temple pillars and other significant elements. They further said that it had caused considerable damage to the sanctity and cultural heritage of the place.
The Trust elaborating on the need for a survey had said that a local probe was necessary so the parties are aware of the report of the commissioner once there is a controversy over the identification, location or measurement of the land. They also claimed that to ensure the credibility of claims put forth by both parties regarding the disputed site, it is crucial to carry out a survey which will offer data to substantiate the accuracy of the statements.