Seeking their stand on a fresh plea for the removal of a mosque from near the birthplace of Lord Krishna, a Mathura court has issued notices to the Shahi Idgah Masjid management committee and others, reports Hindustan Times.
The report states that the fresh plea has been filed by priest Pawan Kumar Shastri of the Keshav Dev temple on behalf of the temple's deity, Thakur Keshav Dev Ji Maharaj Virajman.
The court has admitted the plea ruling that the suit is "maintainable and hence admissible" for detailed hearing.
It also issued notices to three other respondents including the president of Sunni Waqf Board, Lucknow and the managing trustees of Sri Krishna Janmabhumi Trust Katra Keshav Dev temple and Sri Krishna Seva Sansthan, Katra Keshav Dev temple and sought their stand on the new plea by 08 March, the next date of hearing.
In his plea Shastri has made three demands including the right to manage the entire 13.37 acres of land of the Keshav Dev temple complex.
He also demanded the annulment of a ruling by Mathura court in 1967 which has ratified a land deal between the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan and Shahi Idgah Management Committee that allowed the existence of the 17th century mosque near the temple.
Three more suits are pending with Mathura courts on the issue of removing the mosque from its current location.
The disputed site in Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Along with Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, it's one of the three sites which Hindu outfits want to be restored to Hindus.
Giving boost to the demand, in September 2020, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of saints and seers, had decided to launch a campaign to free the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and the Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura.
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