Judges pull up petitioner seeking order for opening 22 rooms at Taj Mahal

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 Tell him to do to research, MA Ph D by enrolling himself somewhere; dismiss petition

 
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Lucknow : The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice DK Upadhyay and Justice Subhash Vidyarthi on Thursday pulled up a litigant seeking an order from the court for opening 22 rooms on the premises of the Taj Mahal.

The bench said, “Who are you asking the information from? If you are not satisfied that the rooms have been closed for security reasons, use your remedies in law to challenge that. Do some research first -- do MA, Ph. D, enroll yourself somewhere. Don’t make a mockery of this.”

The judges questioned the petitioner on what his plea is. Pointing out that the petitioner wants the court to issue a writ of mandamus, they stated it can only be issued in case of infringement of rights.

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The Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench on Thursday dismissed the petition seeking opening of 22 rooms in the Taj Mahal premises. The petitioner said that the truth about the iconic monument needs to come out, and that he has filed multiple PILs for the same. The judges said, “Tomorrow you will ask for permission to see our chambers. Please, don’t make a mockery of the PIL system,” the bench said during the hearing.

The writ petition, seeking to ‘find the truth’ behind the 22 locked rooms in the Taj Mahal, was filed last week before the Lucknow bench by Rajneesh Singh, who is the media in-charge of the BJP’s Ayodhya unit.

The petition cited the claims of some historians and Hindu groups about the mausoleum actually being an old Shiva temple. The petition has sought the Archaeological Survey of India to form a special committee to examine the locked rooms and release the report to the public.

Singh said that the demand is not to make the Taj Mahal a temple but to bring out the truth of the matter for the sake of social harmony. He said that the only way to end such controversy is by examining the closed rooms.

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The petitioner said he was asking for a fact-finding committee to be constituted to get to the bottom of the issue and reiterated his demand to be allowed access to the 22 rooms as the ‘truth’ needs to emerge about the Taj Mahal. Several right-wing organisations claim the Taj Mahal to be Tejo Mahalaya, a Hindu temple.