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Key Gyanvapi verdict : Big win for Hindu petitioners, Varanasi court rejects mosque side plea

Crucial Gyanvapi order: District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesh has given the verdict on the Gyanvapi case in Varanasi by the district court. Gyanvapi plea is maintainable. Court rejects mosque side plea.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Varanasi: The verdict in the Gyanvapi case has come in favor of the Hindus. The petition filed by the Varanasi court seeking regular darshan-worship of Maa Shringar Gauri located in the Gyanvapi complex has been considered worthy of hearing. The district court of Varanasi has given a verdict in favor of Hindus. The court has upheld the plea for daily worship at Shringar Gauri Temple in Gyanvapi Masjid. Court has ruled that the petition is maintainable.

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There is no merit in the petition filed on behalf of the mosque side. Also, after the order of the court, now this matter can be heard. On May 20, the Supreme Court ordered the Varanasi District Judge to decide on the merits of the petition.

Varanasi District Judge Dr AK Vishvesh completed the hearing on August 24. The Masjid Committee had filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that this petition is not maintainable. The Masjid side had argued that the petition to worship in Shringar Gauri is against the Place of Worship Act of 1991.

Significantly, in 1991, the ‘Places of Worship Act’ was passed in the Parliament. It was stipulated that the worship places as they were in 1947 would be maintained in that condition. In the judgment of the Babri Masjid case in the year 2019, the Supreme Court had said that now all worship places will be under this law and this law is according to the foundation of Dastur Hind.

Five women had filed the petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are said to be located on an outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque. The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee has said the Gyanvapi mosque is a Waqf property and has questioned the maintainability of the plea.

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Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer of the Hindu side, had said that the mosque was constructed after demolishing the temple. The case is being heard by the district court following an apex court order. 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 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 it was contested by the Muslim side. The Muslim side has questioned the maintainability of the petition and on Monday sought time to present its reply. The court granted it permission and posted the matter for next hearing on September 13.

Following the directive of the Supreme Court to decide the maintainability of case 693/2021 on priority, the district judge started the hearings on May 20.

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