Delhi HC refuses to register petition challenging ASI order to arrest Namaz at Qutub Minar Mosque


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New Delhi: The Holiday Bench of the Delhi High Court today rejected the registration of a petition challenging the orders of the Archaeological Survey of India to offer namaz to the mosque on the premises of the Qutub Minar complex. The development comes just weeks after a local court reserved its order on an appeal over the restoration of 27 Hindu and Jain temples in the historic district of Mehrauli.
Earlier in May, the elhi Waqf council claimed that namaz was offered at a mosque in the complex, but was halted by the ASI. Waqf board chairman and Aam Aadmi party MP Amanatullah Khan had also written a letter to ASI asking for permission to hold prayers at the monument.

“There is an old mosque located inside the Qutub Minar complex where five daily prayers were offered by Muslims and the practice has continued without any hindrance or interference since its inception (sic),” he said. written in a letter.

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Meanwhile, Delhi’s Saket Court had reserved judgment after hearing lengthy submissions from the appellant and other parties last month, reserved judgment in the case and set June 9 for injunction. The appeal suit alleges that the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid located in the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli was built in place of a temple complex.

“The complaint was filed to preserve and protect the religious and cultural heritage of India and to exercise the right to religion guaranteed by Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India by restoring 27 Hindu and Jain temples with respective deities who were dismantled, desecrated and damaged under the command and orders of Qutub-Din-Aibak, a commander of the invading Mohammad Ghori, who established the slave dynasty and raised constructions in the same place of temples in naming it Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque,” ​​the suit said.

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