Lucknow: Varanasi’s senior most judge will likely make a decision today over whether the court should continue hearing a lawsuit brought by five Hindu women who want to be able to practise their religion inside the city’s Gyanvapi mosque, which is situated close to the well-known Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Judge Who Will Look Into The Matter
District Judge AK Vishvesha will likely rule on the women’s complaint that led to a survey within the Gyanvapi mosque.
The case was transferred from a lower court where it was being heard up until the Supreme Bench assigned it to the Varanasi district judge’s court in May.
Supreme Court Direction
According to the Supreme Court’s order. “Bearing in mind the intricacy and sensitivity of the issue.” The Varanasi civil judge’s case will be heard by a senior and experienced member of the UP judicial service.
Prior to the Supreme Court becoming involved in the matter. The Varanasi civil court had ordered the recording of the Gyanvapi mosque on the claim made by the Hindu women. That there are idols of Hindu gods and goddesses inside the Gyanvapi mosque property.
Repost On The Mosque
A report on the filming in the mosque was then provided to the Varanasi court. It was under seal, but just a few hours later, the Hindu petitioners controversially made the material public.
In a pond in a mosque complex that was in use for “Wazoo,” or purification rites before Muslim prayers. A “Shivling” supposedly had been discover over there. The closing of this pond had been mandated by the court handling the case at the time.
Objection By Gyanvapi Mosque Committee
The Gyanvapi mosque committee sued the Supreme Court to stop this filming which was taking place inside the historically significant mosque.
The Places of Worship Act of 1991, which protects any place of worship’s status as a religious institution as of August 15, 1947, was allegedly got breach, according to the petitioners, by the filming.
According to the mosque committee, “Such petitions and shutting of mosques will lead to public mischief and communal division, and will damage mosques around the country.”
The Hindu petitioners’ attorneys asserted. That the law does not preclude their case and also they could prove in court. That the mosque grounds were genuinely a temple as of the day of Independence. While the mosque committee presented similar arguments before the Varanasi district judge’s court.