Jaipur: 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.
Her statement comes in the wake of a petition filed in the Allahabad high court that sought directives to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to open 20 rooms inside the Taj Mahal to check for the possible presence of Hindu idols. The petition was filed by Rajneesh Singh, BJP media in-charge of Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya district, on May 4.
Kumari, who is a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, said, “We have the documents that the land belonged to the Jaipur family and Shah Jahan acquired it.”
Diya Kumari said, “Even today, if a government acquires any land, it gives compensation in return for it. I have heard that he had compensated, but at that time there was no law to appeal against him or do anything against him as he was the ruler at that time. Now it is good that someone raised their voice and filed a petition in the court.”
She said- “If documents are needed, they are there in the record room of trust of the former royal family of Jaipur. If the court orders, we will give the documents. It is clear in the documents that it was our property that Shah Jahan acquired.”
She also supported the petition in the Allahabad high court filed by BJP media in-charge of Ayodhya district, Rajneesh Singh, seeking a fact-finding inquiry into the history of Taj Mahal.
“Around 20 rooms in the Taj Mahal are locked and no one is allowed to enter. It is believed that in these rooms, there are idols of Hindu gods and scriptures,” said Rajneesh Singh.
She said that it was a valid point that the rooms should be opened and an investigation should be carried out.
“People should know why the rooms are locked there. Many rooms are sealed there and it should be probed what is there behind the doors,” Kumari said.