Places of Worship Act Not Applicable to Disputed Religious Sites, Claims Hindu Party in Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Case

The ongoing legal proceedings regarding the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi dispute in Uttar Pradesh continue at the Allahabad High Court. During a session that simultaneously addressed 18 cases, the court heard from all parties involved. A significant point of discussion arose from the Hindu party’s argument during Monday’s hearing, which involved the contentious Mathura Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Eidgah Mosque dispute.

The Hindu party argued that the Places of Worship Act 1991 should only apply to sites without disputes. According to their claim, this law does not apply to sites like Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, where there is an ongoing dispute. They stressed that the character of the structure in question has yet to be determined and should be decided based solely on evidence.

Justice Mayank Kumar Jain announced that the hearings would continue into Tuesday, focusing on whether the lawsuit concerning illegal construction at the temple could proceed. He highlighted that the court would determine the admissibility of the cases based on merits presented during the trial.

The issue of the admissibility of the cases is under consideration according to Order 7 Rule 11 of the Civil Procedure Code, which will decide after formulating issues and examining evidence from the parties. Earlier, the Muslim party contended that the lawsuit was barred by the statute of limitations, citing a settlement dated October 12, 1968, which allegedly transferred the disputed land to the management committee of Shahi Eidgah. This agreement was confirmed in a civil suit settled in 1974.

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