The apex court of India has barred the non-residents of Agra—the outsiders from offering prayers at the mosque in the Taj Mahal—which is among one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
A bench which comprised of Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan denied the plea against the Agra authority’s directive which barred the outsiders from performing Friday prayers in Taj Mahal stated that the world wonder site cannot be destroyed, as per the reports of Indian media on Monday.
The court said that there are many more mosques within the city where the prayers could be offered by the non-residents of Agra. The court further added that the preservation of the world heritage site is of supreme importance. The bench observed that there is no need to perform prayers at Taj Mahal.
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Taking security steps, the district authorities issued an order on the 24th of January that only the Agra residents or locals who possess valid identity cards would be permitted to enter the mosque for offering the prayers on Friday. Later, the order was challenged in the top court of India.
On Fridays, the Taj Mahal remains closed for the tourists. The district authorities issued these orders after complaints that the “outsiders”—which includes the non-Indians and Bangladeshis; enter the Taj Mahal complex on Fridays on the excuse of offering prayers, according to the report of Times of India.
Exactly same orders were issued back in 2013 by the Archaeological Survey of India, however, these directives were not implemented properly, as informed by an official.