The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a PIL, seeking to declare the site of the Shahi Idgah Mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district as Krishna Janambhoomi or the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakar and Justice Ashutosh Srivastava, passed the order on the PIL filed by Mahek Maheshwari, an advocate, and others.
Earlier, the bench reserved its order in the case on September 4.
The PIL has sought the removal of the Shahi Idgah Mosque, alleging it was built on the site of the birthplace of Krishna. The petitioner asked for the land to be “handed over to the Hindus and a proper trust be formed to build a temple on the Krishna Janmabhoomi Janmasthan land”.
In an interim plea, the petitioner also sought permission for Hindus to worship at the mosque on certain days of the week and during the festival of Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday), till the disposal of the petition. The petitioner also prayed for a court-monitored excavation of the structure by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).