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Upendra Bharti | HENB | Lucknow | May 9, 2022:: A petition has been filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court seeking directives to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe and open as many as 22 rooms inside the Taj Mahal in Agra to ascertain whether the Hindu idols and inscriptions are hidden there, reported news agencies on Sunday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) media in-charge of Ayodhya district, Dr Rajneesh Singh has filed the petition which is yet to come up for hearing. Advocate Rudra Vikram Singh is representing the petitioner in court.
It may be pointed out that several right-wing Hindutva organisations claim Taj Mahal to be Tejo Mahalaya, a Hindu temple and placed various evidence and Historical facts in support of their claims.
“There is an old controversy related to the Taj Mahal. Around 20 rooms in Taj Mahal are locked and no one is allowed to enter. It is believed that in these rooms there are idols of Hindu gods and scriptures,” said Dr Rajneesh Singh. “I have filed a petition in the high court seeking directives to ASI to open these rooms to ascertain facts. There is no harm in opening these rooms and setting to rest all controversies,” Singh was quoted as saying on Sunday.
The petitioner has also sought directives from the court to the state government to constitute a committee that would examine these rooms and look for any evidence related with the Hindu idols or scriptures there. Rajneesh Singh said he has been trying to ascertain facts about the 20 locked rooms of Taj Mahal since 2020 through the Right to Information Act (RTI).
Singh had earlier filed an RTI in 2020 with the Union Ministry of Culture seeking information about the closed rooms. “Since 2020, I have been trying to ascertain facts about the locked rooms of Taj Mahal. I had filed an RTI. Replying to the RTI, the Union Ministry of Culture informed the Central Information Commission (in Delhi) that these rooms were locked due to security reasons and no detail was provided about these rooms,” he added.
__Inputs from Agencies.