The Allahabad high Court on Friday directed the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Chhata, Mathura, to restore the name of ‘Mandir Bankey Bihari Mahraj’ in the revenue record on the land, which was earlier recorded as graveyard in 2004.

Allowing the writ petition filed by Sri Bihari Ji Seva Trust, Justice Saurabh Srivastava set aside those orders by which the land of Mandir Bankey Bihari Mahraj was mutated in the name of graveyard. According to the petitioner, one Bhola Khan Pathan in collusion with state government employees of the revenue department got the land of Mandir Bake Bihari Ji Maharaj in 2004 registered as a graveyard. When objections were raised by the mandir (temple) side, the entry of land as a graveyard was removed but the mandir was not shown as the owner of the land.

The land in contention was plot no. 1081, situated in Shahpur village in Chhata tehsil of Mathura district.

Earlier, on August 11, 2023, the court had sought personal appearance of the Chhata tehsildar in a petition alleging that land of Shri Banke Bihari Mandir of Mathura was recorded as graveyard land at one point of time in the revenue record, but till date, the temple is not shown as owner of the land.

In the same order of August 11, the court had asked the tehsildar to explain the proceedings whatsoever, which has been carried out so far by the revenue authorities from time to time for changing the entries available over plot no. 1081.