Sat 17 September 2022:
Following the example of Varanasi and Mathura, a mosque in Badaun has sparked debate, with right-wing men claiming it to be a Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple.
A Badaun local court has issued notices to the parties involved in a petition filed by Mukesh Patel, who claims to be the state convener of the All India Hindu Mahasabha.
The petitioner claims that the Jama Masjid complex in Badaun was once a Hindu king Mahipal’s fort.
According to the petition, Muslim ruler Shamsuddin Altamash built the mosque by demolishing an ancient temple of Neel Kanth Mahadeva.
Recorded history says that the Badaun Jama Masjid was built by Altamash, also called Iltutmish, on his daughter Razia Sultana’s birthday.
The mosque is called Azimusshan Jama Masjid. It is an 800-year-old Masjid, one of the largest and oldest mosques in India.
The construction of this mosque started in 1210 AD and was completed in 1223 AD.
Senior Division Civil Judge Vijay Kumar Gupta, who admitted the petition, issued notices to the Jama Masjid Vitraniya Samiti, Sunni Waqf Board, Archaeology Department of the Central and UP governments, Badaun District Magistrate, and principal secretary to the UP government, and asked them to file their replies before or on September 15 in this regard.
Despite the fact that the Places of Worship Act of 1991 prohibits hearings in such cases, the court granted the petition.
The status of a religious place as it existed on August 15, 1947, cannot be changed under the 1991 Act. The only exception was the Babri Masjid, which had been the subject of a court case since the British era.
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