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Varanasi court to decide on priority if suit seeking permission to pray before Gyanvapi idols is maintainable or not


The Varanasi district court stated on Tuesday that it will decide on priority whether the suit seeking permission to pray before the Hindu idols inside the Gyanvapi mosque is maintainable or not, complying with the Supreme Court‘s order. The hearing will begin on Thursday.

The district judge held good the order passed by the civil judge on May 19 which had invited objections from all parties to the report prepared after the survey of the mosque, and gave the parties a week’s time to file their objections. Videos and photographs taken inside the mosque by the court appointed commissioners will also be provided as requested by the litigants, advocate Vishnu Jain, appearing on behalf of the litigants, said.

However, while objections have been invited to the survey report, the contents of the report that mentions finding a “shivlinga-like structure” among other Hindu symbols inside the mosque will not be considered while deciding on the maintainability and only the statements of the litigants in the plaint – the five Hindu women – will be considered.

After the Anjuman Intezamia Mosque Committee had moved the SC objecting to multiple orders of the civil court including inspection and videography of the mosque and its “sealing” of the wazukhana before deciding whether the suit was maintainable, the apex court had ordered the transfer of the case to the district court and directed the judge to decide on its maintainability on priority.

The committee has sought rejection of the plaint filed by the five Hindu women on the grounds that it is barred under the Places of Worship Act of 1991. It said the mosque is a waqf property and has existed on the plot for over 600 years and devotees have been coming to offer namaz there since then.

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