Lol! Whenever I hear arguments of Sunni Waqf Board or the statements of its supporters, I feel like ‘Lol’! Do you know why? Whether it is a Ram Mandir, Or Taj Mahal, it is a Jumma Masjid or other! they always claimes that ‘it is given to them’! But, from whom?
“Okay! Let’s believe it is given! But, where are the agreement papers and signatures that the land is given to Sunni Waqf Board? “
This is how the supreme court has slammed the Sunni Waqf Board which is in a war with the archaeological survey of India!
Yes! The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board, which is literally battling the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
for the ownership of Taj Mahal, was asked by the Supreme Court to produce documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over the monument on Tuesday.
Unfortunate, but it is a fact that the board has a week of time to produce the signatures of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who died in 1666. He took almost 18 years to build such a monument in the memory of his favourite wife (as next generation of Mughal says) Mumtaz Mahal! Interesting is, nor his biography neither the literature of his ruling period did not give any documents regarding ‘building the monument’, but ‘borrowing the monument from Hindu King.
While hearing an appeal filed by the ASI in 2010 (!!!), the court directed the board to produce documents in support of its claim that none other than Shah Jahan declared the Taj, a wakf property. Ah! I don’t think that Sunni Waqf Board has existed in 1666! If it does exist, then it will be honoured as the very ancient Board of the world which is still ongoing in ruining peace in India. Or, might Shah Jahan was well aware that, one day, a board will be established in order to protect the ‘borrowed’ monuments like Taj Mahal. You know? Predictions!
“Who in India will believe it belongs to the wakf board? These kinds of issues must not waste the time of the Supreme Court,” a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra told the board. He was not just told, he literally slammed the Board.
‘Wakf’ is an endowment of land or property by a Muslim for a religious, educational or charitable purpose. But, now it is declaring every historic monument which is just modified its tombs or walls as its property, which is given by ancient Mughal Emperors
According to the report of Hindustan Times, “In 2010, the ASI had petitioned the court against the wakf board’s July 2005 decision ordering that the Taj be registered as the latter’s property. There is a stay on the order.” Yes! The case is filed in 2010 and the hearing is still going on! The tragedy is even a world war has ended in few years! But, not a judiciary! Uff!
As Hindustan Times reported, appearing on the board, senior advocate VV Giri said that “Shah Jahan executed a wakf-nama in favour of the board, a submission challenged by ASI.”
“Then you show us the original deed executed by Shah Jahan. Show us the signature,” the bench slammed back, granting a week of time on advocate VV Giri’s request.
CJI Mishra had a few questions for the board! When he stood up, the real battling vibe has started! Sunni Waqf Board started to sweat!
“How did he (Shah Jahan) sign the wakf-nama? He was in jail and used to view the monument while in custody,” the country’s top judge sarcastically asked!
It is known by the history that, Shah Jahan died in the Agra Fort where he was put under house arrest by son Aurangzeb in July 1658 following a bitter war of succession.
According to the report, “The bench also reminded the board that the 17th-century monument and other heritage structures built by the Mughals passed on to the British after the end of the Mughal rule. After Independence, the monuments vested with the government and were being managed by ASI.”
ASI advocate ADN Rao had claimed that there was no wakf-nama. Under the 1858 proclamation, the properties taken over from the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, by the British vested with the Queen. By the 1948 act, the buildings were taken over by the Indian government.”
It is reported that the board had in July 2005 given the order on a petition filed by one Mohammad Irfan Bedar. Bedar had moved the Allahabad high court because the board delayed its decision on the petition he filed in 1998. It was on the high court’s order that the board looked at his petition and claimed ownership of the Taj.
Oh, my people from Hindustan! Have patience! It will take more time to decide!