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Mosque in premises of Allahabad HC to be maintained: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that status quo be maintained with regard to a
mosque situated in the premises of the Allahabad High Court, which had last year directed that the structure be removed.

Hearing a petition filed by the Waqf Board, a private body managing the mosque, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta issued notices and ordered that “in the meanwhile, status quo, as of today, shall be maintained”.

During the hearing on Monday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, said the top court had earlier asked Uttar Pradesh government to find out a solution to solve the problem but nothing has been done yet.
He said the mosque has been there since 1950s and it cannot be just asked to move out.
The high court are has expanded due to which they want to remove the mosque, he said.

“Recently, 19 additional Judges have been sworn in, but because of shortage of space, as many as 12 of them are sharing six chambers. The High Court could not arrange and allocate them separate chambers. On one or two occasions, when the Division Benches on Friday had to split and judges were required to sit singly, one judge had to sit in chamber and conduct hearing of the matters assigned to him”, the court said.

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