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Varanasi Court to Hear Gyanvapi Mosque Suit Today

The temporary decision required protection of the "shivling" area and permitting Muslims to offer namaz on the premises, issued on May 17

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Transcontinental Times Staff
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INDIA: The civil suit brought by Delhi-based Hindu women will be heard by a Varanasi court on Monday, just days after the Supreme Court shifted the Gyanvapi mosque issue from civil judge (senior division) to district judge.

The Supreme Court decided on Friday that due to the intricacies and sensitivity of the subject, the case should be handled by a senior judicial official. It further stated that it is not criticizing the civil judge (senior division) who was previously assigned to the case.

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Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a Varanasi court’s order for a videographic assessment of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex near Varanasi’s famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

The temporary decision required protection of the “shivling” area and permitting Muslims to offer namaz on the premises, issued on May 17, will continue until the suit’s maintainability is determined, according to the SC.

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After hearing arguments from the Muslim side, the Supreme Court stated that this was a “complex social problem” for which no human solution could be ideal.

“Our mission is to preserve a certain level of peace and tranquilly, and our temporary orders help to soothe some frayed nerves.”

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“We’re on a common mission to maintain the country’s sense of unity,” the SC stated.

The civil court is hearing a lawsuit filed by a group of ladies requesting permission to worship Hindu deities on a mosque’s outer wall every day. The management committee of the mosque had spoken out against filming inside the mosque and accused the court-appointed commissioner of being biassed.

Following a petition by Delhi residents Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, and others, the civil justice (senior division) of Varanasi ordered a videographic assessment of the mosque on April 18, 2021. The original complaint was filed in the Varanasi district court in 1991 to restore the ancient temple on the site of the Gyanvapi mosque.

Also Read: Gyanvapi Mosque: Varanasi Court Orders to Seal Premises after Discovery of ‘Shivling’


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