Final week, the board had been requested by the Supreme Court docket to again up its declare on the 17th century monument by producing possession paperwork signed by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who commissioned the Taj Mahal.
The board informed the courtroom immediately that it has no such signed paperwork from the descendants of Shah Jahan.
No human can declare possession of the marble monument, the board added. “However it’s Wakf Board property as a result of it’s allowed to carry out rituals,” stated its lawyer.
The board additionally informed the Supreme Court docket that it could possibly handle the Taj Mahal with out possession.
Part of Fatehpur Sikri – the fort close to Agra constructed by emperor Akbar – is registered as Wakf property, the place the mosque exists, and the adjourning space is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), stated the Sunni Waqf board.
The board urged the Archeological physique to think about whether or not the Taj Mahal could be registered as its property, just for upkeep.
ASI opposed it, involved that signing off possession of the Taj Mahal would create different issues and spur related claims for the Pink Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
“We do not have the paperwork to point out Taj Mahal is Wakf property. However by advantage of steady use, it’s a Wakf property and the Sunni Wakf board is entitled to handle the Taj Mahal,” stated the Sunni board’s lawyer.
A choice to take action, responded Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, would create an issue.
The courtroom has set the following date of listening to on July 27.
Final week, the Supreme Court docket had requested the Board to supply the signature of Emperor Shah Jahan, who died in 1666 – nearly 18 years after the monument he constructed within the reminiscence of his spouse Mumtaz Mahal was accomplished.
In 2010, the archeological board had petitioned the courtroom towards the Wakf board’s July 2005 determination that the Taj be registered as its property. The order was placed on maintain.