New Delhi: When the Supreme Court heard the petitions of the Gyanvapi Masjid committee on Thursday in the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi Masjid case, it stated that it would wait for the Varanasi district court’s decision on the suit’s maintainability.
The hearing in the case has been postponed by the apex court until the first week of October.
Five Hindu women have filed a petition with the Varanasi court asking for permission to worship at the Shringar Gauri Sthal inside the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complex. The Varanasi court will hear arguments on the petition’s maintainability on Thursday. Earlier, a Shivling-like structure was discovered in the mosque complex. It was described by the Masjid committee as a fountain rather than a Shivling.
Following the discovery of the shivling, the Supreme Court directed the Varanasi district magistrate to secure the entire area without interfering with Muslims’ right to worship.
The finding was contained in a report on the Gyanvapi mosque video survey that was submitted before the Varanasi court by the court-appointed assistant commissioner, Vishal Singh, on May 19.
The Places of Worship Act, 1991, which preserves a site’s religious character as it existed on August 15, 1947, is the reason why the Masjid panel is contesting the plaintiffs’ lawsuit on the grounds that it is banned by the law.
The Hindu plaintiffs have so far contended that the 1991 law does not prevent their lawsuit and that their suit was filed to provide proof of the disputed site’s religious nature as of August 15, 1947.