Gyanvapi Mosque case: The Gyanvapi Masjid committee’s appeal challenging the legality of a petition calling for daily worship of Hindu deities, whose idols are housed on the exterior wall of the Gyanvapi Masjid, was rejected by the Varanasi district court. Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee’s plea challenging the case’s maintainability was denied by District Judge A K Vishvesh, reigniting the conflict between the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvapi Masjid.
The Varanasi temple-mosque conflict is currently hearing in another case by the Allahabad High Court, which has set the next hearing date for September 28. The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, according to the Varanasi District Court, is not applicable in this situation. In this instance, the devotees are asking for approval to worship the idols there every day, which they claim are already in place.
Dismissing the mosque committee’s plea, the judge said, “Given the above discussions and analysis, I have concluded that the suit of the plaintiffs is not barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, the Waqf Act, 1995 and UP Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Act, 1983.
Advocate Merajuddin Siddiqui later said the mosque committee will challenge the order in Allahabad High Court. The matter could also come up before the Supreme Court on October 20, the date it fixed during a hearing on the matter in July. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board called the Varanasi court order “disappointing and painful”.
Later, according to advocate Merajuddin Siddiqui, the mosque committee would appeal the ruling in the Allahabad High Court. The Supreme Court could also hear arguments on the subject on October 20, which was the date set during a hearing in July. The Varanasi court ruling was referred to by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board as “disappointing and distressing.”
Sohan Lal Arya, a petitioner in the Gyanvapi case, called it a “win for the Hindu community”. “The next hearing is on September 22. It is a foundation stone for the Gyanvapi temple. Appeal to people to maintain peace,” Arya said.