'Prince' Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, a sixth-generation self-proclaimed descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, has staked his claim over the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The 'Prince' from Hyderabad calls himself the 'DNA-proven descendant of the Mughal emperor'. This is not the first time that Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy has been in the limelight, here are some more facts you need to know about 'DNA-proven descendant of the Mughal emperor'.
In 2005 it was reported that Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy was staking claim to the ownership of Taj Mahal. He claimed that he is the last of the living Mughals and that his truth was simple: "Taj Mahal mera hai!, as I'm the great-great-grandson of the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar. I'm staking my claim to the ownership of the Taj. When I'm alive, why should anyone else be allowed to take care of my inheritance?"
In 2008, 'Prince' Tucy reportedly approached the Supreme Court aggrieved by the 'character assassination' of Mughal emperor Akbar in Jodhaa Akbar and demanded a direction to the filmmaker to correct the distortion.
In 2014, it was reported that 'Prince' Tucy had filed a petition challenging the ceremony to anoint Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son the Naib Imam.
In 2015, it was reported that 'Prince' Tucy visited Taj Mahal in order to continue following Shah Jahan’s centuries-old tradition of visiting the Taj Mahal every year during the Urs celebration.
In early 2017, he reportedly sought permission for offering 'Namaz' (prayers) inside the mosque at the historic Bibi ka Maqbara.
On December 5, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear appeals relating to the Ayodhya dispute. A three-judge bench has been constituted to hear a number of petitions which will challenge the Allahabad High Court verdict regarding the ownership title of the disputed site in the temple town.