Varanasi court to hear Gyanvapi mosque case on May 26

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Varanasi court to hear Gyanvapi mosque case on May 26

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

After reserving its order in the Gyanvapi mosque case on Monday, the Varanasi district court on Tuesday posted the matter for hearing on May 26.

The court will hear on May 26 the maintainability of the Shringar Gauri-Gyanvapi mosque complex lawsuit. It has invited objections from both Hindu and Muslim sides to the report submitted by the commission within a week.

District judge Dr Ajay Kumar Vishvesha had on Monday conducted a hearing on the ‘Order 7, Rule 11 CPC’ application filed by the defendants, including the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which looks after the management of Gyanvapi mosque, raising question on the maintainability of the suit filed by five women (plaintiffs).

On Tuesday afternoon, Dr Vishvesha heard both the sides — plaintiff and defendants — and posted the matter for hearing on May 26. The court also ordered for providing the copies of commission report, video and photographs captured during the survey.

During the hearing, the counsels of both the parties put forth their arguments. Heavy security arrangements were made in the court premises.

Five women, including one Rakhi Singh of Delhi and four belonging to Varanasi, had filed a petition in the court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar seeking permission to worship at Shringar Gauri temple and for preservation of other idols located in Gyanvapi mosque complex.

The court had ordered a commission survey of the complex and appointed Ajay Kumar Mishra as court commissioner for videographic survey of the inside of the complex on May 6 and 7. Later, the court commissioner was removed and Vishal Singh and Ajay Pratap Singh were appointed special court commissioner and assistant court commissioner respectively and they conducted the survey on May 14, 15 and 16. The reports were submitted to the civil judge (senior division) separately. Later, both reports were transferred to the court of the district judge on the directive of the Supreme Court.

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