Gyanvapi complex: Court rules in favour of Hindu petitioners

Gyanvapi complex

Varanasi (UP): The Varanasi has said the petition for worship at Sringar Gauri is maintainable and five Hindu women’s plea seeking right to worship in Gyanvapi complex will be heard, said the Varanasi court on Monday.

District judge AK Vishvesha dismissed the petition filed by the Muslim site, citing the Places of Worship Act and questioning the maintainability of the petition. The next hearing in the matter will be held on September 22. According to reports, Muslim petitioners may approach the Allahabad High Court in appeal, petitioner Sohan Lal Arya said, adding that they will continue to contest the case. Cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that a legal team would plug away at the case and act accordingly.

The Supreme Court assigned the case to the Varanasi district judge’s court in May this year. Before that a lower court had been hearing the case. The Varanasi civil court had ordered the filming of the Gyanvapi mosque on a petition filed by Hindu women claiming that there are idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in Gyanvapi mosque complex.

In a report, it was stated that a ‘Shivling’ was found in a pond within the mosque complex. The Muslims used the water for performing ‘Wuzu’ or purifying themselves before offering prayers at the mosque. Immediately after that, the court asked the administration to seal the pond. Meanwhile, the Gyanvapi Mosque Committee challenged the filming inside the mosque in the Supreme. In the petition, the committee said that filming inside a mosque violates the Places of Worship Act, 1991, which said the status quo of any religious place should be maintained as of August 15, 1947.