After lawsuits got Hindus claim to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and including Kashi-Mathura likewise challenging the legal battle of religion. The limelight is now on the national capital, as an appeal has been listed in the Saket court asking ‘right to worship’ in Delhi’s Qutub Minar.
The suit filed in the Saket district court, is seeking restoration of Hindu and Jain deities inside the Qutub Minar complex. It has also sought a trust fund to be created by the Ministry of Culture and to hand over the management of the temple complex.
A 13th-century building, the Qutub complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As per documented archives, the tower was built over the rubbles of Lal Kot, the fortress of Dhillika, erstwhile Delhi ere the Delhi Sultanate took over the control.
The petitioner claimed that the complex temple was situated inside the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli. The matter was heard before Civil Judge Neha Sharma and will be next heard on Dec 24. The petition was filed on behalf of Jain deity, Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev and Lord Vishnu.
The lawsuit claimed that 27 temples were demolished and materials reused for the construction of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque.
Advocate Vishnu S Jain, who filed the suit, sought a declaration that the deities have the right to be restored and worshipped.
Decree be passed like a mandatory injunction, directing the Trust, to be created by the Central Government, to manage the affairs of 27 Hindu and Jain temples with Iron Pillar, per the scheme of administration framed by the Central Government, situated within the area of Qutub Complex. Decree be passed like a permanent injunction, restraining the defendants (Centre and ASI) permanently from interfering in making necessary repair works, raising construction and making arrangements for ‘pooja’, ‘darshan’ and worship of deitiesthe petition by advocate Vishnu S Jain read.
It claims that there existed huge and lofty Hindu and Jain temples within the precincts of Qutub Minar. It further alleged that these temples were partly demolished by Qutubuddin Aibak.