Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura: Battles of a dad & son – Times of India

Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura: Battles of a dad & son - Times of India

LUCKNOW: In the legal battles surrounding religious places in UP, three high-profile cases have emerged. Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid, Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanavapi.And Krishna Janmabhoomi Shahi Eidgah Controversies A common thread in these complex court cases is the presence of a father-son lawyer duo representing the Hindu side. Harishankar Jain (70), and his 38-year-old son Vishnu Shankar Jain.
He has devoted his expertise to more than 100 cases related to Hinduism or places of worship, all within the purview of his guiding principle: “Hindu Revolution through Legal Awareness.” They have fought these legal battles.
Harishankar, who started his legal practice from the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court in 1978-79, later moved to the Supreme Court. A native of Prayagraj, who now resides in New Delhi, he credits his mother Vaibhavati Devi for being instrumental in inspiring him to work in the interest of the Hindu community.
“My father Nemchandra Jain was in judicial service, but he was strongly against it and wanted me to become a judge in the high court,” he told TOI on Sunday. “When I decided to take up the Ram Janmabhoomi case, my father refused to eat for two days. But as fate would have it, I chose to follow the path shown by my mother.”
Hari Shankar gained national recognition when he was appointed as the Advocate of the Hindu Mahasabha. Ayodhya Controversy in 1989. Since then, the father-son duo has actively participated in or filed more than 100 lawsuits related to community issues.
Vishnu Shankar, who became a lawyer on record in 2016, began his legal career with the Ayodhya dispute, a testament to the inspiration he received from his father. According to Harishankar, his son has vowed to bring the ongoing community rights cases to an end, even after his father’s lifetime.
Both lawyers are steadfast in their commitment, accepting no remuneration for their services in cases related to Hindu causes, meeting expenses from their earnings in other legal matters. Harishankar said that the day we decide to take money for our services or look at a post, the very purpose of Hindu welfare will fail.
With the resolution of the Ayodhya dispute by the Supreme Court, both have turned their attention to the Gyanvapi and Shahi Eidgah disputes in Varanasi and Mathura respectively.
The father-son duo represents the petitioners, including the deity Lord Sri Krishna Virajaman and seven others, who in September 2020 filed a lawsuit in a Mathura court claiming that the shrine was built over the birthplace of Lord Krishna. He filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court demanding a court-ordered survey of the Eidgah. The court had on December 14 allowed the formation of a commission for this purpose. The next hearing will be held on December 18.
Similarly, the father-son is serving as counsel for the Hindu side in the Gianavapi case, where the district judge has directed the ASI to submit its report on the scientific survey of the mosque complex on December 18.
Hari Shankar has also filed cases related to the Qutub Minar and the Taj Mahal, claiming that the former was built over 27 Jain temples, while the Taj Mahal stands on the site of a Shiva temple.

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