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Krishna Janmabhoomi land dispute: Supreme Court postpones hearing to November 10

Krishna Janmabhoomi land dispute

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rescheduled the hearing for the Krishna Janambhoomi land dispute in Mathura, adjourning the matter to November 10.

A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia made this decision during the early hearing.

During the proceedings, the Supreme Court directed the registrar of the Allahabad High Court to furnish comprehensive details regarding the suits being addressed in the court, specifically concerning the ongoing land dispute case, reported ANI.

The Committee of Management Trust Shahi Masjid Idgah has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the order issued by the Allahabad High Court.

This order had transferred all petitions related to the Krishna Janambhoomi land dispute from the District Court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, to the High Court itself. The appeal was filed through advocate RHA Sikander on behalf of the Committee of Management Trust Shahi Masjid Idgah.

The central issue at hand revolves around the May 26 order of the Allahabad High Court, wherein it assumed jurisdiction over cases related to the Krishna Janambhoomi dispute. This move was executed despite the existence of a stay order on proceedings in the originating suit, as issued by a Coordinate Bench of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad on August 3, 2022.

The impugned judgment has raised concerns, primarily due to its elimination of two appellate stages and the transfer of other suits to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad. Notably, no transfer applications had been submitted for these additional cases.

As stated in the petition, "The impugned judgment is passed on a mere ipse dixit by indulging in the prophecy of the respondents No. 1 to 8 that 'in case the trial court itself decides the suit, it will take a long time without even considering that the suit was registered only on May 26, 2022, and the proceedings therein were subsequently stayed by a Coordinate Bench of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad vide Order dated August 3, 2022, which remained in force till May 1, 2023."

Nine cases have been filed in Mathura Court concerning the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi and Shahi Idgah Masjid.

Among these cases, Ranjana Agnihotri, a resident of Lucknow, filed a lawsuit seeking ownership of the 13.37 acres of land associated with Shri Krishna Janambhoomi. Her legal suit also demands the removal of the Shahi Idgah mosque, constructed within the premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple, near the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and alleged to have been built in 1669-70 on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

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