Supreme Court: Original Documents Needed To Accept Taj Mahal As Wakf Board Property

Published on 12 Apr 2018 by Shivi

The Supreme Court has asked the UP Sunni Central Wakf Board to submit the original title documents attested by emperor Shah Jahan’s signatures for Taj Mahal's hand over as Wakf property. The bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud has asked the Wakf Board to submit the documents if it wants the court to accept the Board's claim over the monument.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra questioned the Board's claim and asked to know about the Wakf Board's role in the history of the monument. He observed that the monument, famous as one of the seven wonders of the world, was in possession of the East India Company for 250 years, and later got passed to the Central Government post-independence. 

The Archaeological Survey of India has the responsibility of managing the monument, along with the right of its administration. The court questioned the Board's claim that Shah Jahan declared the monument as the property of the Wakf board.

Wakf Board's counsel requested for some time to produce books and other sources that claim that Taj Mahal is the Board's property. However, the court asked for the original documents bearing the emperor's signatures and later adjourned the hearing.



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