Supreme Court Extends Stay on Survey of Shahi Eidgah Mosque Adjacent to Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Sets August Date for Hearing

In an important development concerning the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi case, the Supreme Court of India has decided to extend the interim order that puts a hold on the survey of the Shahi Eidgah Mosque located next to the Shri Krishna birthplace in Mathura. The order, initially issued on January 16, 2023, in response to the Allahabad High Court’s decision from December 14, 2023, which allowed the survey under court supervision, will continue until further notice.

The apex court has scheduled the next hearing for August 5, directing all parties to complete their pleadings by that time. This directive ensures that the ongoing legal proceedings related to the case at the Allahabad High Court will continue without any Supreme Court-imposed interruptions.

Several petitions are pending before the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order for a court-monitored survey of the mosque. These include a challenge to the High Court’s decision to transfer all lawsuits related to the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Eidgah Mosque dispute from the district court in Mathura to the Allahabad High Court, a transfer that was ordered on May 26, 2023.

During the proceedings on Monday, under the bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Deepankar Datta, the court emphasized that the interim orders would remain in effect and reminded that there is no stay on the ongoing hearings in the Allahabad High Court concerning the original lawsuit regarding the temple’s claim over the Shahi Eidgah Mosque.

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The matter has garnered significant public and legal interest, evidenced by the arrival of Ashutosh Pandey, chairman of the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust, at the Supreme Court premises carrying an idol of Lord Krishna. The Trust has filed a separate lawsuit in a lower court demanding that the entire premises be handed over to the Shri Krishna Janmasthan, which is currently under consideration by the Allahabad High Court with a hearing scheduled for April 16.

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