Delhi Court Dismisses Hindu Party’s Plea Seeking Right to Place Idols, Worship in Quwwatul Islam Mosque

A Delhi court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking the right to place idols and worship inside the Quwwatul Islam mosque in the Qutub Minar complex. The plea by the Hindu organization claimed that the mosque was built on the debris of Jain and Hindu temples.

The court delivered the verdict on a petition filed by Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev in December 2020, along with the Union of India through Secretary, Ministry of Culture; and Archaeological Survey of India in its party.

The case was contested by the Legal Action for Justice, a Delhi-based NGO, represented by Senior advocate Meer Akhtar Hussain under the supervision of Supreme Court advocate Fuzail Ahmed Ayubi.

While challenging the claims of the Hindu and Jain parties, the trust said that the petition had no legal basis and demanded that the petition be rejected because it is in direct contravention to the 1991 Places of Worship Act, including Section 39 of the Ancient Monuments Act, 1904 and 1958.

In the civil suit, the petitioners claimed that the Army of Muhammad Gauri demolished Jain and Hindu temples within the Qutub Minar complex, and a masjid was built on their debris. 

The Muslim side submitted that no worship was ever held by the followers of any other religion than Muslims in this complex and the mosque, in the past 700-800 years of its existence. 

The trust further stated that there is no proof of any temple inside the complex either before 1191 when the Qutub Minar and Quwwatul Islam mosque was built or after 1191. 

The trust president Mohammed Asad Hayat and its secretary Advocate Anwar Siddiqui, thus submitted a memorandum to the Central Government and Archaeological Survey of India, asking that the petitioner’s claims be rejected.

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