The apex court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board to show documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim of owning the Taj Mahal.
The monument known around the world is situated in Agra of Uttar Pradesh.
This came when the court was hearing a 2010 appeal filed by the Archaeological Survey of India over ownership of the monument.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra gave the Wakf Board a week’s time to submit the signature of the emperor who died in 1666.
It need be recalled that back in 2010, the Archaeological Survey of India petitioned the court against the waqf board’s decision ordering that the Taj Mahal be registered as its property.
The point that Shah Jahan was put under house arrest in Agra Fort by his son Aurangzeb after a war of succession also came up during the hearing of the petition.>