The Varanasi District Court is due to deliver a verdict on the merits of the notorious Shringar Gauri Gyanvapi Masjid case on September 12. The decision concerns the maintainability of the plea of Hindu women asking for permission to worship Hindu deities in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex.
The district judge will rule on whether the lawsuit pending in court regarding worship license is admissible and whether the plea is based on valid grounds. After hearing arguments from both sides, on August 24, District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesh reserved the court’s decision.
So far, the mosque committee has maintained that the property belongs to the Waqf council and the case cannot be heard in court. They argued that only the Waqf Board had the right to hear any matter concerning the mosque.
THE COURT OF VARANASI TO DECIDE ON MAINTAINABILITY
The court heard the petition filed by five women from the Hindu community, who seek permission from the court to worship the Shringar Gauri Sthal in the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complex. The petition was filed after a structure, resembling a Shivling, would have been discovered in the premises of the mosque. However, the mosque committee refuted the claims of the Hindu petitioners and disputed that the structure was a fountain and not Shivling.
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The discovery surfaced following a report on the Gyanvapi Mosque video investigation and the same was submitted to the court in Varanasi on May 19, 2022. In previous hearings, Abhay Nath Yadav, appearing for the committee of the mosque, questioned the maintainability of the lawsuit and had made approximately 39 of the 52 points mentioned in the plea of the Hindu petitioners.
On the other hand, a litigator for the plaintiffs, Vishnu Jain, said that once the merits of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case are heard, they will proceed to present the report of the Archaeological Survey of India. (ASI) in the lawsuit. .
CLUBBING DOCUMENTS MOSQUE SIDE OF 2 MOSQUES: VISHNU JAIN
Barrister Jain, during a hearing on the case on July 4, said: “Those who refer to the [Places of Worship] The 1991 law should know that if a Shivling is there who is years old, then the law does not apply. We will take this case to court.
In an exclusive chat with India Today, the lawyers appearing for the petitioners said, “We have already countered (the mosque committee’s arguments) because the documents produced by the Masjid side do not relate to the Gyanvapi mosque. They relate to the Alamgiri mosque. It is a completely separate mosque.They tried to show the registration documents of both mosques together.
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“This recording is not for Gyanvapi Mosque and I want to say this for the sake of clarity. And for this we have made our written submissions and filed documents. minorities stating that the mosque is a Waqf (Council). Just to get the provisions of the Waqf, a completely misplaced argument has been placed,” said Vishnu Jain.
“If the judgment is against the Hindu petitioners, they will appeal to the High Court in Allahabad and to the Supreme Court,” Jain said.
The verdict in the Gyanvapi Shringar Gauri case will be delivered on Monday. Father-son duo and Gyanvapi lawyers Harishankar Jain and Vishnu Jain talk to India Today about Shringar Gauri case#RepoterDiary (@iSamarthS) pic.twitter.com/h2pfhfMF9W
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GYANVAPI MOSQUE CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT
Notably, Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud on July 21 said the court will await the impending decision of the Varanasi District Judge on a petition filed by Anjuman Intejamia Masjid challenging the complaint filed by five petitioners seeking ‘darshan’ at the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Judge Chandrachud said that if the court rules in favor of Anjuman Intejamia Masjid, the women’s lawsuit will organically ‘fall’ and if they rule in favor of the plaintiff, then the guards can pursue other legal remedies .
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