New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi mosque case pending before the civil judge, senior division, to the court of the Varanasi district judge for trial. Observing that a “slightly more mature” and “seasoned hand” should handle the Gyanvapi mosque case, the apex court suggested that the matter be heard by a district court in Varanasi.
“A slightly more seasoned and mature hand should hear this case. We’re not making aspersion on the trial judge. But more seasoned hands should deal with this case and it’ll benefit all parties, “the bench said.
The Supreme Court, which is hearing a challenge to the survey order of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex issued by the Varanasi court, was told that the survey report was‘selectively leaked’ to the public. Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Muslim side, argued that the leaked info is being shared widely and that the “information provided by the plaintiff has altered the narrative”.
“My challenge is against the order appointing a court commissioner.” The Place of Worship Act recognises that this kind of application can cause public mischief. A report of the survey was selectively leaked and it is being pasted everywhere. “Information provided by the plaintiff has altered the narrative,” Ahmadi told the court.
“The status quo, which was there for 500 years, has been modified.” A status quo now will be according to the changes made now, “he added.
CS Vaidyanathan, the lawyer appointed by the Hindu side, rubbished Ahmadi’s claims and said that the plea by the Muslim side is infructuous. “It would be appropriate if the commission report is considered by the court,” he said
The Supreme Court, hearing a petition challenging the filming of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, said “selective leaks” to the press must stop. This comes after Hindu petitioners released details of the mosque filming report just hours after it was handed over to a Varanasi court in a sealed cover on Thursday.
“Selective leaks must stop.” Things are being leaked into the press. It was to be submitted in court. Court has to open it, “Justice DY Chandrachud said.
The Supreme Court also said the “need for fraternity between communities and the need for peace is topmost” for the court.
“We need a sense of balance and calm on the ground. We need a degree of healing touch. We are on a joint mission to preserve a sense of balance in the country, “said Justice Chandrachud.
“This is a complex and sensitive matter. We think that the suit should be heard by a district Judge instead of a trial Judge. Because better if a more seasoned hand hears it,” the court said.