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Gyanvapi Case: Varanasi court rejects Muslim side’s petition, next hearing on Sept 22

The court has rejected maintainability plea by Gyanvapi mosque committee and decided to continue hearing case.

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Lucknow: In an important verdict in the dispute related to Gyanvapi Masjid, the verdict has come in support of the Hindu side. Varanasi district court rejected the Muslim side’s petition and said the suit is maintainable.

The court has rejected maintainability plea by Gyanvapi mosque committee and decided to continue hearing case.

A single bench of district Judge AK Vishvesh delivered the verdict in the Gyanvapi Shrinagar Gauri dispute case today.

As report by news agency ANI, Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi mosque case, said: “The court rejected the Muslim side’s petition and said the suit is maintainable. The next hearing of the case is on Septmeber 22.”

“It’s a win for the Hindu community,” Sohan Lal Arya, one of the petitioner in the case said.

“The next hearing is on September 22. It’s a foundation stone for the Gyanvapi temple. Appeal to people to maintain peace,” he added.

Another petitioner from Hindu side, Manju Vyas said “Bharat is happy today, my Hindu brothers & sisters should light diyas to celebrate.”

What is Gyanvapi Masjid controversy?

The petition was filed by five Hindu women seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities, whose idols are located on the outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque, in the mosque premises.

The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee has said that the Gyanvapi Masjid is a Waqf property and has questioned the hearing of the petition.

Madan Mohan Yadav, the counsel for the Hindu side, had said that the mosque was constructed by demolishing the temple. The district court is hearing the matter after the order of the top court.

EARLIER, A TRIAL COURT HAD ORDERED A VIDEOGRAPHY SURVEY OF THE PREMISES. THE SURVEY WORK WAS COMPLETED ON 16 MAY AND THE REPORT WAS PRESENTED IN THE COURT ON 19 MAY.

The Hindu side had claimed in the trial court that a Shivling was found during a videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid-Shringar Gauri complex, but the Muslim side opposed it.

The Muslim side has questioned the maintainability of the petition and sought time to file its reply on Monday. The court allowed it and fixed September 13 for the next hearing of the matter.

The district judge started the hearing on May 20 after the Supreme Court directed the hearing of the 693/2021 case on priority basis.

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