Man Claims He Is Agra Royal Family Descendant & Demands Ownership Of Qutub Minar

by Sushmita Mahanta
Man Claims He Is Agra Royal Family Descendant & Demands Ownership Of Qutub Minar

In a bizarre incident, a self-proclaimed ‘descendant of Tomar King’ has demanded ownership of the famous Qutub Minar in Delhi. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday opposed the intervention application filed by the man seeking ownership of Qutub Minar. They questioned him as to why he was sitting idle for the last 150 years without raising the issue before any court. Read on to know more about the weird incident that took place recently.

The Agra Man Requested The Rights To A Vast Land Area Of Qutub Minar

The intervention plea by Kunwar Mahendra Dhwaj Prasad Singh came amidst the ongoing temple restoration row pertaining to worshipping rights for Hindus and Jains inside the Qutub Minar complex. The man’s plea asserts that he belongs to the Beswan Family and heir of Raja Rohini Raman Dhawaj Prasad Singh and descendants of Raja Nand Ram who had died in 1695. As such, he has sought the rights to a large swathe of territories – from Meerut to Agra. According to the plea, Nand Ram had submitted to the Emperor when Aurangzeb became firmly established on the throne and was rewarded with the Khidmat zamindari, revenue management of Joar and Tochigarh. Further developments had come in 1947 during the time of another family member Raja Rohini Raman Dhawaj Prasad Singh. Meanwhile, the court will hear the matter on the worshipping rights again on September 13.

ASI’s Reaction

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday opposed the intervention application filed by the man seeking ownership of Qutub Minar. They said that Singh claims rights for large and vast areas in several states and was sitting idle on it for the last 150 years without raising the issue before any court. “He wakes up some morning and comes to this court as an impleader without any basis,” revealed the ASI. Speaking on the same, ASI further added that there was a similar case of a woman, namely Sultana Begum claiming to be the wife of the great-grandson of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. A TOI report states the ASI saying that the woman argued about owning the Red Fort. Even then the court had dismissed the plea, on the ground of delay.

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