Land on which Taj Mahal built belonged to Jaipur ruler, says BJP MP Diya Kumari – PTI

Taj Mahal seen from across the River Yamuna.
Divya Kumari“There could have been anything before the Taj Mahal, may be a temple. People have the right to know what was there originally before the maqbara,” – BJP MP Diya Kumari

The land on which the Taj Mahal was built originally belonged to Jaipur’s ruler Jai Singh and it was acquired by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, BJP MP Diya Kumari claimed on Wednesday, asserting that records are available with the erstwhile Jaipur royal family.

She also supported a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking a fact-finding inquiry into the “history” of the Taj Mahal and also opening of the doors of its “22 rooms” to see “the truth, whatever it is”.

“It should be investigated what was there before the monument was built and people have the right to know. There are records available with the Jaipur family and it would provide these, if required,” Ms Kumari, a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, said.

“Compensation was given in lieu of the land but how much was it, whether it was accepted or not, I cannot say this because I have not studied the records which are there in our pothikhana. But the land belonged to our family and Shah Jahan had acquired it,” she told reporters.

“Since there was no judiciary, no appeal could have been made at that time. Things will be clear only after examining the records,” the BJP leader said.

Referring to the petition, she said that it was a valid point that the rooms should be opened and an investigation should be done.

“People should know why the rooms are locked there. There could have been anything before the Taj Mahal, may be a temple. People have the right to know what was there originally before the maqbara,” Ms Kumari said.

She said she has not studied the records and can reach a conclusion only after examining them.

“What I am saying is on behalf of what I have learnt and heard. I have not studied the records. We can provide the records to the court if necessary. Only after examining the records, we can reach a conclusion,” Ms Kumari said.

The petition was filed on Saturday in the registry of the Lucknow bench of the high court by Rajneesh Singh, who is the media in-charge of the BJP’s Ayodhya unit.

The petition would come up before the court for a hearing after it is passed by the registry.

In the petition, I have demanded that the 22 doors of rooms of the monument which are closed should be opened to see the truth, whatever it is,” Mr Singh told PTI on Sunday. – PTI/NDTV, 11 May 2022

› Diya Kumari is a member of Indian Parliament from Rajsamand parliamentary seat, and a member of the BJP. She is the granddaughter of Man Singh II, the last ruling maharaja of the princely state of Jaipur during the British Raj in India.

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  1. Allahabad High Court

    ‘Leave it to historians’: Allahabad HC rejects plea to open 22 locked rooms in Taj Mahal – Nalini Singh & Sanjay Sharma – India Today – Prayagraj – 12 May 2022

    The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed BJP leader Rajneesh Singh’s petition to set up a fact-finding committee to probe the history of the Taj Mahal and open the doors of its 22 locked rooms.

    WHAT COURT SAID

    “The plea to constitute a fact-finding committee to find out the ‘real truth’ behind the Taj Mahal is a non-justiciable issue. The prayers cannot be adjudicated upon by this court.”

    “For the prayer regarding opening up of the rooms, the historical research ought to involve a proper methodology. This should be left to the historians.”

    “Asking for a fact-finding committee to look into this issue does not fall under the purview of your [petitioner] rights. It does not fall under the ambit of Right to Information.”

    WHAT PETITION SAID

    The petition seeking to “find the truth” behind the 22 locked rooms in the Taj Mahal was filed last week before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by Rajneesh Singh, who is the media in-charge of the BJP’s Ayodhya unit.

    The petition cited the claims of some historians and Hindu groups that the mausoleum is actually an old Shiva temple. The petitioner sought the formation of special committee by the Archaeological Survey of India to examine the locked rooms and release the report.

    WHAT NEXT

    Following the high court’s dismissal of the petition, the petitioner’s lawyer Rudra Vikram Singh said that he will move the Supreme Court after approaching the Department of History and the Archaeological Survey of India.

    “We will challenge this order in the Supreme Court,” he said.

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