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Won't stake claim to Taj Mahal: Wakf Board to SC

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Sunni on Tuesday told the that it won't stake claim to the ownership of the

Asking appearing for the Archaeological Survey of (ASI) to take instructions, a bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice said that once the Board pressed its right over the monument then it has to adjudicate the issue.

"Once you have registered the monument as a Wakf property, your statement that you will not be staking claim will not help," said the bench and directed the next hearing on July 27.

In its hearing on April 11, the apex court asked the to produce an original title document bearing the signatures of Mughal to prove its claim.

Telling the court the is owned by the almighty, the Sunni on Tuesday said it has no document from the Mughal rulers or their descendents bestowing the 17th century monument in its favour.

The Board said the monument belonged to it as its members have been continuously performing on the death anniversary of and Friday Namaz at the Majid located in the compound of the

Such a course would create problems, observed the bench.

In an obvious reference to a decedent of Mughal empire, the Board told the court that no human can lay claim to the magnificent monument.

Y.H. Tucy, who claims to be the great grandson of last Mughal Bahadur Shah Zafar, has said that the Taj Mahal is the nation's property and no one can claim right over it.

"Remember Emperor has not written a deed in favour of Waqf," Tucy had told IANS in an interview.

The Archaeological Survey of moved the top court in August 2005 after the Wakf Board registered the Taj as Wakf property.

The top court then issued notices on ASI's plea and stayed the board's move and the matter is pending since then.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:46 IST