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The main plea sought restoration of Hindu and Jain deities' temples, which were allegedly demolished by Qutubdin Aibak located in the present Qutub Complex.
The Saket Court on Tuesday dismissed an intervention application claiming ownership of the land comprising the Qutub Minar Complex. The decision will be tabled on the issue of the maintainability of the plea in a suit that seeks restoration of Hindu Temples at the Qutub Minar Complex.
Additional District Judge Dinesh Kumar had reserved the order on maintainability of the application on September 14, 2022.
The intervention application has been filed by Kunwar Mahender Dhwaj Pratap Singh claiming that he is the heir of the United Provinces of Agra. He submitted, "I still have the authority of being a sovereign king...It hasn't been transferred."
Advocate Amita Sachdeva appearing for the original applicant (Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev through next friend Hari Shankar Jain) had argued that the intervenor is claiming property rights after 102 years, and he has no interest in receiving any sort of court redress. This petition should be dismissed with severe penalties because it is nothing more than a publicity gimmick, the counsel had averred.
In the original suit, the petitioner alleged that "In exercise of powers under Section 3 of the Act, the Government of India acquired ownership of the entire area of Quwwatul Islam Masjid and administrative control was handed over to ASI. However, on the date of acquisition of the area, nobody was representing the temples and deities and no opportunity was granted to them as required under section 10 of the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 1904 even though property continues to be vested in the deity."
The plea sought worship rights at the Qutab Minar complex as well as restoration of Hindu and Jain deities temples, which were allegedly demolished by Qutubdin Aibak, located in the present Qutub Complex.
In related news, the Court dismissed a civil suit seeking worship rights at the Qutab Minar complex as well as restoration of Hindu and Jain deities temples, which were allegedly demolished by Qutubdin Aibak located in the present Qutub Complex.
However, later, the Court admitted an appeal filed against the order granting status quo on Qutab Minar Complex.
Case Title: Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors.
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