Lucknow, May 29
Even as the Gyanvapi mosque dispute occupies the centre stage of politics in the country, two lawyers — father and son — are busy drumming up legal support for other places that are being claimed to be Hindu shrines.
Lawyer Hari Shankar Jain, 68, and now his son Vishnu Shankar Jain, 36, are now an integral part of all legal battles for 'Hindu shrines' — from Gyanvapi to Idgah in Mathura and the Qutub Minar in Delhi.
Together, they have filed around 110 cases across various courts, seeking worship rights for Hindus or representing Hindu deities.
Hari Shankar Jain had represented the Hindu Mahasabha in the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute that was decided in favour of Hindus by the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019.
He is now spearheading the legal battle in the Gyanvapi mosque case.
His son, Vishnu Shankar Jain, is also at the forefront of all these high-profile legal battles.
"Injustice meted out to the Hindus angers me. I will continue to fight legal battles till Hindus get back their places of worship," said Hari Shankar Jain, who began his legal career from Lucknow and thereafter relocated to New Delhi to practice in the Supreme Court.
His son Vishnu Shankar Jain has been practicing law since 2010.