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Varanasi District Judge to Commence Hearings in Gyanvapi Dispute

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Published on: May 23, 2022 at 20:58 IST

Varanasi District and Sessions Judge Dr Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha will commence hearing in the Gyanvapi case tomorrow.

The case is a Civil Suit filed by Hindu Devotees staking claim on the ‘Gyanvapi Mosque’ and the Right to Worship inside the premises in the ground that the same was a Hindu temple and still houses Hindu deities.

The Civil suit was transferred from the Court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) to Varanasi District Judge on orders passed on Friday by a Supreme Court Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha.

The Plaintiffs claim that a Jyotirlingam in the ancient temple was desecrated in 1669 under the orders of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, but Maa Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesh and other deities continued to exist.

The Plaintiff submitted that, “That image of Maa Shringar Gauri exists within the property in question at the back side of Gyan Vapi in Ishan Kon (North East Corner).The devotees had been worshipping daily Pooja and Worship at this place but in 1990 (Nineteen Ninety) during Ayodhya movement the Government of Uttar Pradesh to appease Muslims, put some restrictions in the daily puja by devotees.”

“Since 1993 the State Government imposed some more hard conditions for devotees in worshipping Goddess Shringar Gauri and other subsidiary deities.”

The Plaintiffs have claimed that they have a Fundamental Right to perform ‘pooja’ within the marked premises

It was submitted that the place does not belong to Muslims and that any obstacle created before January 26, 1950 has become null and void by virtue of Article 13(1) of the Constitution of India.