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Qutab Minar case: A Delhi court reserves its order on ownership

New Delhi: A Delhi Court, after hearing an Intervention Application (IA) filed by Kunwar Mahender Dhwaj Pratap Singh claiming ownership rights over the land surrounding the Qutub Minar, reserved its order for pronunciation on September 17.
Applicant Pratap Singh, after filing an application before the Court, submitted that he was an heir to the United Provinces of Agra so as a result the Qutub Minar’s property belonged to him. He requested that the minaret and the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque be granted to him.

Counsel for Pratap Singh submitted that the government encroached on his property after 1947 and he possesses the Privy Council papers.
In this matter, an appeal has been filed to seek Hindus and Jains the right to worship inside the Qutub Minar complex.
Counsel for Hindu side submitted before the Court that the intervention Application (IA) filed by Pratap Singh should be dismissed with severe penalties because it is nothing more than a publicity gimmick. He submitted that the intervenor is claiming property rights after 102 years and having no interest in receiving any sort of court redress.
Archeological Survey of India (ASI) submitted that the claim of applicant that he has a legal claim to the aforementioned cities in and surrounding Delhi has not been raised before a court of law since India’s independence.
Counsel for ASI submitted that the period of limitation has already passed many times over because the entire procedure was followed when the property in question was declared a Protected Monument in 1913 and no one objected before the authorities.
Additional District Judge Dinesh Kumar after hearing submission on behalf of Pratap Singh reserved its order for pronouncing on September 17. (UNI)

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