Varanasi: Varanasi District and Sessions Court will resume the hearing of Gyanvapi case today. The court had earlier ruled that the plea of five Hindu women to offer prayers inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, was legally valid.
Dismissing the Anjuman Intejamiya Masjid Committee’s plea against the petition, District Judge AK Vishvesh had ruled that the plaintiff’s suit was not restricted by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, the Waqf Act, 1995 and the UP Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been done. Act, 1983.
The Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid Committee has enacted the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991, which protects the Gyanvapi Mosque from conversion to places of worship. It also argued that the entire property belongs to the Waqf Board and hence the Court does not have jurisdiction over the area.
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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.
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