Lucknow: The leaders belonging to the Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh have called the Varanasi district court orders an “infringement on the powers of the Supreme Court and Parliament which have made it crystal clear that no further changes could be made at religious sites as per the Places of Worship Act.”
An executive member of the All-India Milli Council and former plaintiff in Babri Masjid case said the objection of the Muslims to the Gyanvapi case was on the grounds of the Places of Worship Act that restricts any change in religious places.
The Indian Parliament passed the Act and a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court passed it, but the district court is infringing on the powers of Parliament and those of the Supreme Court, he said.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali of the Islamic Centre of India says the Muslims have been offering Namaz at the Gyanvapi Mosque for the past 350 years, but they have been suddenly asked to stop that.
The Places of Worship Act made by Parliament and certified by the Supreme Court cannot be ignored, he further said.
He appealed to both Hindus and Muslims to settle the issue outside the court through dialogues. Similarly, general secretary of the All-India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Yasoob Abbas urged the Hindus and Muslims to resolve the issue through dialogues.