The Supreme Court on Monday ordered removal of a mosque from the premises of the Allahabad High Court within three months, holding that the structure stood on a terminated lease property.

“If the construction is not removed within a period of three months from today, it will be open for authorities including the high court to have them removed or demolished,” a Bench led by Justice MR Shah said, dismissing a petition filed by Waqf Masjid High Court and UP Sunni Central Waqf Board against a November 2017 order of the Allahabad High Court.

The Bench – which also included Justice CT Ravikumar, however, allowed the petitioners to make a representation to the Uttar Pradesh Government for allotment of land nearby for the mosque. Earlier, it had directed the parties to arrive at a consensus on where the mosque should be relocated.

Noting that the land on which the mosque stood was a lease property, which was terminated, the Bench said the petitioners can’t claim it as a matter of right to continue…

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