The UP Sunni Waqf board has claimed that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan executed a wakfnama to declare Taj Mahal its property.
And commenting upon the legal battle between Archaeological Survey of India and the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board, the bench presided by the CJI, asked the wakf board to present documents to prove their claim.
The apex court commented:
“Who in India will believe it belongs to the wakf board? These kind of issues must not waste the time of the Supreme Court.”
In 2010, the ASI knocked on the court’s doors against the wakf board’s July 2005 decision ordering that the Taj Mahal to be registered as wakf’s property. Their lawyer, VV Giri contended that Shah Jahan had executed the wakfnama in favour of the board. CJI Deepak Mishra said giving them a week’s time:
“Who in India will believe it belongs to the wakf board? These kind of issues must not waste the time of the Supreme Court. How did he (Shah Jahan) sign the wakfnama? He was in jail and used to view the monument while in custody.”
The ASI contended that the monument was passed on to the British after the Mughal empire ended and then after independence it got passed on to the ASI.
The decision also aroused much interest from the Twitterati. Check their tweets:
Thy haven’t asked for impeachment of the Hon’ble judge yet ??
— Rahul Singh (@RSachsIN) April 11, 2018
GOI looking after maintenance for decades. Where is the question on ownership?
We all Indians collectively own it.
— Ratnesh Jain (@ratneshjain) April 11, 2018
Luckily they didn’t summon Shah jahan to testify as witness!!!😁 😁 😁 😁 😁
— Nagaraju KR (@nagaraju_kr) April 11, 2018
What a slap !!!!! By SC
— Ravi Tejesh (@Ravi_RTR) April 11, 2018
Rubbish …… Already Friday prayers at Taj have dented it’s image of tourist spot …Hundreds throngs the Taj as if it is their private property. Taj should remain as Monument and Tourist destination instead going to Waqf board which will convert it into Mosque
— Amit Saxena (@saxenaamit7404) April 11, 2018
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