Namaz at South Delhi’s mosque: Centre seeks time to clear its stand
• The Mughal Mosque is located at the Qutub Complex’s entrance and is unique from the adjacent Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. According to the petition filed before the court, the mosque in discussion is not a notified-protected monument and has never been closed for worship earlier.
• The Archaeological Survey of India recently submitted in a Delhi court that the Qutub Minar complex is not a place of worship and its character cannot be changed now, while opposing a plea challenging the dismissal of a civil suit seeking “restoration” of Hindu and Jain temples on the premises.
• According to the initial suit, 27 temples were demolished to make way for the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque at the Qutub Minar complex. Under the terms of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act of 1991, this plea was dismissed last year.
• The Centre told the Delhi High Court that the Mughal Mosque in South Delhi’s Mehrauli region is a “protected monument” and requested more time to respond to a petition challenging the prohibition on devotees from offering namaz there.
• The Centre requested further time from Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri to seek instructions on the petition pertaining to the mosque located within the ‘Qutub Complex’ but outside the ‘Qutub Enclosure.’
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