Mathura district court admits plea seeking removal of Mosque built on Krishna Janmabhoomi

Days after the civil court in Mathura had dismissed the plea seeking the removal of the Idgah mosque allegedly built over Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, the district court in Mathura has accepted the plea today. The court of district judge Sadhna Rani Thakur on Friday accepted the petition and posted the matter for the next hearing on November 18.

The Plaintiffs had approached the district court in Mathura on October 12 (Monday) after a civil court had dismissed the plea on September 30. While hearing the plea today district court judge had summoned a record from the lower court.

The petition was filed by advocate Ranjana Agnihotri, the “next friend” of Shri Krishna Lala Virajman and seven others in Mathura district court. The petitioners also appealed to the court to get 13.37 acre land of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi vacated.

“Next friend” is a legal term for a person who represents someone directly unable to maintain a suit.

Source : OpIndia


Mathura district court calls for records in Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi case on Oct 16

October 15, 2020

The Mathura District Court on Monday summoned all Court records with respect to the Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi Case. The Court of District Judge has posted the matter for hearing on October 16, 2020.

The order has come in a civil appeal preferred by ‘Bhagwan SriKrishna Virjman’, through next friend Ranjana Agnihotri, ‘Shree Krishna Janmbhoomi’—the place of birth of Lord Shree Krishna and six devotees, against the order of Civil Judge, Mathura, dismissing the suit for removal of Masjid Idgah, allegedly built on the land of Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi.

The appeal filed through Advocates Hari Shankar Jain, Vishnu Shankar Jain & Pankaj Kumar Verma seeks ‘removal of encroachment and superstructure illegally raised by Committee of Management of alleged Trust Masjid Idgah with the consent of Sunni Central Board of Waqf …at Katra Keshav Dev city Mathura belonging to deity Shree Krishna Virajman.’

The Civil Court had dismissed the suit in limine. However, the District Court has admitted the suit and called for records.

It is alleged that in 1968, the Society Shree Krishna Janamasthan Seva Sangh entered into a compromise with the Committee of Management of Trust Masjid Idgah, conceding a considerable portion of property belonging to the deity to the latter.

Disputing the legality of this compromise, the Appellants had submitted:

Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh was not the owner and the property had vested in the deity/Trust and therefore said society had no authority under law to file the suit and enter into compromise with Trust Masjid Idgah.

They asserted their right to religion guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution to have darshan and perform puja at the actual birth of place of Lord Krishna, which is at present is alleged to be beneath the structure illegally raised by Muslims.

Source : Live Law


‘Right of worshippers to make endeavor to bring back lost property of The Deity’ : Appeal filed against Mathura Court order in ‘Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi’ case

A civil appeal has been preferred before the Court of District Judge, Mathura, against a civil court order dismissing the suit for removal of Masjid Idgah, allegedly built on the land of Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi.

The Appellants have submitted that the Civil Judge was wrong in dismissing their suit inasmuch as they are worshippers of Lord Shri Krishna and they have right to assert their right to religion guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution to have darshan and perform puja at the actual birth of place of Lord Krishna which is at present beneath the structure illegally raised by Muslims.

It is the right and duty of the worshippers to make every endeavor to bring back the lost property of the deity and to take every step for the safety and proper management of the temple and the deities property,‘ it is submitted.

The appeal is filed through Advocates Hari Shankar Jain, Vishnu Shankar Jain & Pankaj Kumar Verma. The matter is likely to beard at 2 PM today.

The civil court in Mathura on September 30 refused to admit the civil suit on the ground that if suit is registered a large number of worshippers may come to the court.

Disputing this reasoning of the Court, the Appellants have submitted that a suit cannot be rejected on the ground that several others may also approach the court.

They pointed out that the Court below ‘failed to take notice of the provision of the order 1 rule 8 CPC and that the court in the appropriate case has power to treat any suit as representative suit when the interest of numerous persons are involved.

The Civil Court had also remarked that the Appellants herein do not have a ‘Right to sue’. Challenging this finding, they have submitted,

the question regarding the right to sue cannot be decided in a summary manner. At the time of admission of suit the Court cannot decide the suit suo moto the question of right to sue. Even the court below did not call upon the counsel for the plaintiffs to address on the point of locus standi.

It was further submitted that they had chosen to file the suit as the Trust was not functioning and it had taken no action to recover the property belonging to the deity. The memo of appeal states,

the suit has been filed by the deity through next friend and deity has right to be represented through next friend in case the manager, shebait or persons in-charge of affairs are negligent in performance of their duty or in case when their action is hostile to the interest of deity and devotees.

The original suit was been filed in the name of ‘Bhagwan SriKrishna Virjman’, through next friend Ranjana Agnihotri. The list of Petitioners also included six devotees.

The plea sought ‘removal of encroachment and superstructure illegally raised by Committee of Management of alleged Trust Masjid Idgah with the consent of Sunni Central Board of Waqf …at Katra Keshav Dev city Mathura belonging to deity Shree Krishna Virajman.’

The first Petitioner, i.e. the deity himself was descried as minor, juristic person who can sue and be sued through shebait and in his absence through next friend.

The second plaintiff was ‘Shree Krishna Janmbhoomi’—the place of birth of Lord Shree Krishna, which as per the Plaintiffs has ‘special significance’ in religious scriptures as well as under Hindu law.

The other plaintiffs were the devotees.

It was alleged that in 1968, the Society Shree Krishna Janamasthan Seva Sangh entered into a compromise with the Committee of Management of Trust Masjid Idgah, conceding a considerable portion of property belonging to the deity to the latter.

Disputing the legality of this compromise, the Plaintiffs had submitted:

That it is relevant to mention that Shree Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh has no proprietary or ownership right in the property of Katra Keshavdev which stood vested in the deity and the Trust.

It was further contended:

The original karagar i.e. the birth place of Lord Krishna lies beneath the construction raised by Committee of Management i.e. Trust Masjid Idgah. The true fact will come out before the Court after excavation.

The appeal discloses that the Civil judge mentioned that compromise had been entered into between Trust Masjid Idgah and Krishna Janamasthan Trust whereas the Plaintiffs had clearly stated in the plaint that the compromise was made between Shri Krishna Janmsthan Sewa Sangh and Trust Masjid Idgah; and Shri Krishna Janmasthan Trust was not party to the compromise and it had not filed the suit.

Therefore, the impugned judgment is stated to be based upon wrong assumption of fact and suffering from non-application of mind.

The array of Defendants in this matter include the Sunni Central Board of Waqf, which is alleged to have granted approval to the Committee of Management Trust Masjid Idgah to enter into a compromise with Shree Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh, giving away some of the deity’s land for building the Mosque.

Further, the Committee of Management of Trust Masjid Idgah is alleged to have put super structure and encroached upon the land of Katra Keshav Dev without any authority of law and in utter violation of decree of the Court.

Furthermore, Shree Krishna Janmbhoomi Trust was arrayed as an Opposite Party, as it was contended that the Trust has remained non-functional since 1958 and it has “failed to protect, manage and save the property of the deity.”

The Appellant-Plaintiffs have emphasized that the suit was filed for the “welfare and benefit” of the deity and the devotees at large and further clarified that they had not prayed for handing over management of property to them but have prayed that encroachment be removed and property be handed over to Shri Krishna Janambhoomi Trust.

Source : Live Law

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