Lucknow: On Thursday, The Varanasi district court adjourned the hearing in the maintainability petition of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee that manages the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, till May 30. Advocate Vishnu Jain, Hindu side’s lawyer in the Gyanvapi mosque survey matter, said, “The Muslim side started their arguments but they could not be completed today. So, the arguments would continue at 2 pm on Monday (May 30).” “Today, the Muslim side just read out paragraphs from our petition and tried to say that the petition isn’t maintainable. We interjected and pointed out to the court that we’ve specific rights and all pleadings were made,” he added.
The court of District Judge A K Vishevesh gave a week’s time to both Hindu and Muslim sides to file objections to the report of a court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque premises. The committee had been seeking dismissal of the Hindu petitioners’ suit for unhindered right to worship at the Shringar Gauri sthal inside the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex amid claims of a Shivling found on the premises. During the hearing, only petitioners, lawyers and defendants were allowed inside the court. The hearing that began around 2pm went on for about two hours.
During the Gyanvapi mosque hearing at the Varanasi District court, The Masjid committee argued that the suit by the Hindu side was non-maintainable and should be rejected under Order 7 Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC). It said rumours were being spread about the ‘Shivaling’ to invoke sentiments of people. Abhay Nath Yadav, one of the advocates of Muslim side, presented several arguments seeking dismissal of the suit. Both sides received the videography report of the court-appointed survey commission.
Arguing for the Hindu women,Advocate Vishnu Jain said, “Today, Muslim side just read out paragraphs from our petition and tried to say that the petition is not maintainable. We interjected and pointed out to the court that we’ve specific rights & all pleadings were made. Two unauthorised persons were removed from the courtroom by police. One advocate was also reportedly removed from the premises of the court on the orders of the district Judge. District Government Counsel Rana Sanjeev Singh said to reporters on May 24 that the court also gave a week’s time to both Hindu and Muslim sides to file objections to the report of a court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque premises. Also, on May 24, the court asked both sides to file an objection to the commission report and submit the report within one week, said Hindu petitioners’ Advocate Vishnu Jain.
The Hindu side has alleged that a Shivling (a representation of Lord Shiva) was discovered inside the mosque premises and the Muslim side claimed that the structure was part of the fountain at the mosque’s wuzu khana area. During its last hearing, another civil suit was filed before a civil court in Varanasi, seeking the right to worship on the mosque premises. The suit, filed by one Kiran Singh, said the main case would take a considerable amount of time to be tried and that the Hindu worshippers should be given undeterred access to the mosque premises in the meantime. Significantly, on Wednesday, the civil judge in Varanasi transferred this suit to the fast-track civil court, which will hear the matter on May 30.