Ahead of the verdict, prohibitory orders have been imposed and security has been tightened in Varanasi. The Varanasi District Court is set to deliver the much awaited order on the maintainability of civil suits challenging the title of Gyanvapi Masjid case.
New Delhi: The Varanasi District Court is set to deliver the much awaited order on the maintainability of civil suits challenging the title of Gyanvapi Masjid case on Monday whether the petition filed for the demand of regular darshan-worship of Maa Shringar Gauri located in the Gyanvapi complex is maintainable or not. In view of this, prohibitory orders under section 144 have been imposed in the city. Varanasi Police Commissioner A. Satish Ganesh said that in view of the verdict delivered by the district court today in the Gyanvapi-Sringar Gauri case, as a precautionary measure, a direction has been issued to implement Section 144 in the Varanasi Commissionerate.
All police officers have been instructed to communicate with the religious leaders of their areas
Security Tightened In Varanasi
Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh on Sunday said that prohibitory orders have been issued in the Varanasi commissionerate, PTI reported. Officers have been asked to interact with religious leaders in their respective areas to ensure that peace is maintained.
According to him, the entire city has been divided into sectors to maintain law and order. These sectors have been allocated police force as per their requirement.
Directives for flag march and foot march in sensitive areas have also been issued, PTI reported him as infroming.
Meanwhile, checking has been intensified in the district’s border areas, hotels, and guest houses, while social media is also being monitored.
Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer of the Hindu side, had said that the mosque was constructed after demolishing the temple. Earlier, a lower court had ordered a videography survey of the complex. The survey work was completed on May 16 and the report was presented in the court on May 19.
The case was moved to the district court following an apex court order.
The Hindu side had claimed in the lower court that a Shivling was found during the videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex but the statement was contested by the Muslim side.
SC Stressed Need To Balance Rights Of Contesting Parties
On May 17, the Supreme Court had directed the district magistrate of Varanasi to ensure the protection of an area inside the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex where a ‘Shivling’ is said to have been found during the last day of the three-day survey. It further asked for Muslims to be allowed to offer ‘namaz’ and perform religious observances.
The apex court said it needs to balance the rights of contesting parties and clarified that the order of the civil judge (senior division), hearing the plea of petitioner Hindu devotees, directing authorities to ensure the protection of the area would not restrict and impede the rights of Muslim to offer Namaz and to perform religious observances.
The Muslim side has been referring to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and its Section 4 which bars filing of any suit or initiating any other legal proceeding for a conversion of the religious character of any place of worship, as existing on August 15, 1947.
The video graphics survey of the mosque was ordered on April 18, 2021, by the civil judge (senior division) Varanasi following the plea by Delhi residents Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, and others.
The mosque management committee had opposed filming inside the mosque and also accused the court-appointed commissioner of being partisan. Amid the opposition, the survey was stalled for a while.
The original suit was filed in 1991 in the Varanasi district court for the restoration of the ancient temple at the site where the Gyanvapi mosque currently stands.