A petition has recently been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking a fact-finding inquiry into the history of the Taj Mahal. The petition seeks to open the doors of 22 rooms of the Taj Mahal and bring out the truth behind it.
A writ petition was filed on Saturday in the registry of the Lucknow bench of the High Court by Rajneesh Singh, media in-charge of the BJP’s Ayodhya unit. The application will come before the court for a hearing after it is passed through the registry.
Petitioner Rajneesh Singh said on Sunday that the petition demanded to open the closed doors of 22 rooms of the monument and whatever truth was hidden behind it should come to light. Notably, this Mughal-era monument is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The petition also seeks to set aside some provisions of the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Declaration of National Importance) Act, 1951, and some provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. Under which the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb and Fatehpur Sikri were declared historical monuments.
Rajneesh has filed the petition through his lawyers Ram Prakash Shukla and Rudra Vikram Singh. Notably, in the past, some right-wing organizations have claimed that the Taj Mahal was a temple of Lord Shiva.