The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking to open 22 closed doors in the Taj Mahal and has asked to not make a “mockery of the PIL system”. The judges asked to conduct research on who built the monument before filing a plea. The bench of Justices DK Upadhyay and Subhash Vidyarthi was hearing the petition for the same.
The plea was filed by Dr. Rajneesh SIngh who wanted to get permission from the Archaeological Survey of India to open 20 sealed doors of the Taj Mahal and wanted to resolve the controversy around its origins. He wanted to check the presence of Hindu idols in these rooms. He claims that the Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple and was known as Tejo Mahalaya. He asked the government to constitute a fact-finding committee to know the real history behind the Taj Mahal.
The bench earlier said that it was not convinced by the petition seeking the opening of locked rooms in the Taj Mahal. It said that exploration of facts through a fact-finding committee is not his right and is not under the ambit of the RTI Act, to which the petitioner asked if he needed to file an amended petition.
The lawyer representing the petitioner argued that it is the right of the citizen to know about the monument, the Taj Mahal. The court, however, slammed the plea and asked not to make a mockery of the PIL system. The petitioner said that he found many locked rooms inside the monument and the authorities cited security reasons for the locked rooms. He further said that if there is something in the room then that should be made public. The petitioner had said before that the intention of the petition was not to make the Taj Mahal a Shiva temple but to uncover the real truth for social harmony.
Ahead of the hearing, BJP MP Diya Kumari claimed that the land on which the Taj Mahal is built belonged to Jaipur ruler Jai Singh.