Gyanvapi case: SC extends protection of ‘Shivling’ at mosque complex in Varanasi till further order | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday extended the protection of the ‘Shivling’ at the Gyanvapi mosque until further order and directed the Varanasi district magistrate to ensure the same. The apex court was hearing a plea seeking the protection of the ‘Shivling’ discovered at the mosque complex in Varanasi.
A bench of CJI DY Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala had on Thursday said it would constitute a bench to hear the matter.
On May 17, the top court, by an interim order, had directed protection of the area where the ‘Shivling’ was found and granted access to Muslims for namaz. The court said the same shall continue in operation till maintainability of the suit is decided by the Varanasi court and thereafter for eight weeks to enable parties to pursue legal remedies.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, appearing for Hindu parties, mentioned the matter before the apex court seeking an extension of the interim order of protecting ‘Shivling’.
Jain had said that the interim order expires on November 12 and it needs to be extended. He also pointed out that the Order 7 Rule 11 (rejection of plaintiffs) application filed by the Muslim parties was rejected.
The Varanasi district court in September had held that the suit was not barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.
It had dismissed the plea of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee that manages Gyanvapi mosque questioning the maintainability of the suit filed by Hindu women.
The top court is seized of an appeal filed by the Committee challenging an order of Allahabad High Court permitting a court-appointed commissioner to inspect, conduct a survey and videography of the Gyanvapi mosque to which Hindus and Muslims have laid claim for the right to worship.
On May 20, the Supreme Court had ordered the transfer of the case related to worship at Gyanvapi mosque from the civil judge to the District Judge, Varanasi.
It had said that the District Judge should decide the maintainability of the civil suit in the Gyanvapi-Kashi Vishwanath on priority as sought by the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Varanasi.


Source link

Leave a Comment