Supreme Court Refuses To Allow Outsiders To Offer Namaz At Taj Mahal

| July 9 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

The Supreme court on Monday refused to allow non-residents of Agra to offer Namaz at Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that the historic Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and it must be preserved.

It added that there was no need to offer prayers at Taj as there are other places where one can do it.

Petitioner Syed Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi, President of Taj Mahal Masjid Management Committee, Agra, told the bench that several tourists visit Agra throughout the year and the order of Additional District Magistrate, Agra restraining them from offering their prayers at the mosque inside the Taj Mahal was illegal and arbitrary.

In January, a petition was moved in SC after the District Magistrate passed an order that stated that only the Agra-residents would be allowed to offer prayers at the Taj Mahal.

The District Manager also said that the locals with valid address proof will be allowed to offer Namaz. The decision was taken keeping the security of the monument in mind.