The suit alleges that the Shahi Idgah Masjid was built following illegal encroachment Credit: Twitter image (@BiswalAnil)

In a unique turn of events, a lawsuit has been filed in a local Mathura court on behalf of the Hindu deity, ‘Lord Shri Krishna Virajman’, seeking to reclaim ownership of over 13.37 acres of ‘Krishna Janmabhumi‘ land. The suit also includes the removal of the entire Shahi Idgah Masjid which is located right next to the Shri Krishna temple complex at Mathura, as per a report in The Quint.

Lucknow resident Ranjana Agnihotri filed the suit and even went ahead to call himself the ‘next friend’ of Lord Krishna, as well as six other devotees of the deity. As for the removal of Shahi Idgah Masjid, the suit says that the structure was constructed following illegal encroachment.

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It read, “…illegally raised by Committee of Management of alleged Trust Masjid Idgah with the consent of Sunni Central Board of Waqf land Khewat No.255 (Two Hundred Fifty Five) at Katra Keshav Dev city Mathura belonging to deity Shree Krishna Virajman.”

The suit further alleged that the Committee of Management of alleged Trust Masjid Idgah, had illegally built the superstructure and even encroached on the land which belonged to Shree Krishna Janmastahn Trust and the deity, said reports.

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Additionally, the suit claims that the Committee of Management of the alleged Trust Masjid Idgah had entered into an ‘illegal compromise’ with the Society Shree Krishna Janamasthan Seva Sangh October 1968 and, “played fraud upon the Court, the plaintiff Deities and devotees with a view to capture and grab the property in question.”

The Supreme Court interestingly in its Ayodhya verdict had specifically affirmed the status of the validity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 which protects existing religious structures from such claims.

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