The Allahabad High Court has rejected the plea to open 22 closed doors of the Taj Mahal
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking “information search investigation” into the history of the Taj Mahal and “opening of 22 rooms” in the monument’s premises, saying the petitioner failed to indicate which one. His legal or constitutional rights are being violated.
A Lucknow bench of Justices DK Upadhyay and Subhash Vidyarthi, Rajneesh Singh, who is the media in-charge of the BJP’s Ayodhya unit, pulled out his lawyer for filing the PIL in a “casual” manner and said he could not pass it. Order in this regard under Article 226 of the Constitution.
The article empowers a high court to issue an order or writ to exercise fundamental rights to any person or authority in the area under its jurisdiction.
The bench said that the petitioner could not indicate which of his legal or constitutional rights were being violated.
Rudra Vikram Singh, counsel for the petitioner, requested the court to withdraw his plea and allow him to re-apply, but the bench did not accept his plea and dismissed the plea.
On Saturday, Rajneesh Singh filed a writ petition in the registry of the Lucknow bench of the High Court seeking an inquiry into the veracity of the history of the Taj Mahal.
He tried to open the door of his’ ’22 room ” to see the “truth, whatever.”
Several Hindu right-wing groups have in the past claimed that the tomb of the Mughal period was a Shiva temple.
The monument is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The petition also seeks to set aside specific provisions of the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Declaration of National Importance) Act, 1951, and specific provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, under which the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra-Farat -Daula’s tomb is declared as a historical monument.
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