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Gyanvapi mosque case Highlights: SC orders transfer of case to Varanasi district judge

Gyanvapi masjid survey Live, Gyanvapi masjid case Highlights: The Supreme Court stated that its interim order of May 17 for the protection of the Shivling area and free access to Muslims to offer namaz will continue.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: May 21, 2022 8:22:15 am
The Gyanvapi Mosque after its survey by a commission, in Varanasi, Tuesday, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (PTI)

Gyanvapi mosque case Highlights: The Supreme Court on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi mosque case pending before civil judge, senior division, to the court of the Varanasi district judge for trial. Observing that a “slightly more mature” and “seasoned hand” should handle the Gyanvapi mosque case, the apex court suggested that the matter be heard by a district court in Varanasi. “A slightly more seasoned and mature hand should hear this case. We’re not making aspersion on trial judge. But more seasoned hand should deal with this case and it’ll benefit all parties,” the bench said.

Stating that the bench is on a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country, the court said once the commission report on the Gyanvapi mosque case is out, there cannot be selective leaks. “We are here in a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country. Once commission report is there, there cannot be selective leaks. Do not leak things to the press. Only judge opens the report,” the SC bench said.

The Allahabad High Court Friday adjourned the hearing of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque case till July 6. The HC was hearing a petition challenging the suit pending in the Varanasi court regarding the dispute. As many as six petitions have been filed in the High Court over the matter. The Varanasi court will resume hearing the case on May 23.

The two reports on a videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, submitted in the Varanasi court Thursday, state that debris of old temples were found at the corner of the northern and western walls outside the barricading, and Hindu motifs such as bells, kalash, flowers and trishul were visible on pillars in the tehkhana (basement).

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Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque case: SC suggests case be heard by district judge in Varanasi; Allahabad HC adjourns hearing till July 6;  Follow latest updates here

16:30 (IST)20 May 2022
SC's May 17 Interim order to protect ‘Shivling’ without impeding Muslims' right to worship stays

The Supreme Court stated that its interim order of May 17 for the protection of the Shivling area and free access to Muslims to offer namaz will continue. The court also asked district magistrate, Varanasi, in consultation with parties to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for Wazu, if not already made. 

16:18 (IST)20 May 2022
SC orders transfer of case to Varanasi district judge

The Supreme Court on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi mosque case being heard by it to the court of the Varanasi district judge for trial. Observing that a “slightly more mature” and “seasoned hand” should handle the Gyanvapi mosque case, the apex court suggested that the matter be heard by a district court in Varanasi. “A slightly more seasoned and mature hand should hear this case. We’re not making aspersion on trial judge. But more seasoned hand should deal with this case and it’ll benefit all parties,” the bench said.

16:01 (IST)20 May 2022
Gyanvapi mosque case: SC says must stop selective leaks of Commission report

Observing that the bench is on a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country, the Supreme Court Friday said once the commission report on the Gyanvapi mosque case is out, there cannot be selective leaks. "We are here in a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country. Once commission report is there, there cannot be selective leaks. Do not leak things to the press. Only judge opens the report," an apex court bench said while hearing the case.

15:51 (IST)20 May 2022
All these orders capable of creating great public mischief: Ahmadi

Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi appearing for the Muslim plaintiff said all these orders passed from beginning are capable of creating great public mischief, the Bar & Bench reported. "It's in teeth of an injunction passed by parliament," Ahmadi added.

15:48 (IST)20 May 2022
Can't guide a district judge... they have enough experience: SC

"We cannot guide a District judge. Let them handle it, they have enough experience at the bench. We cannot command him to hear it in this way or that way," the Bar & Bench quoted the SC as saying.

15:45 (IST)20 May 2022
Religious character of mosque has to be decided: Advocate representing the Hindu side

Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan representing the Hindu side said, "Today the SLP is infructuous since all three orders have been complied with. Religious character of the mosque has to be decided. The commission report has to be seen by the court," Replying to the the SC said,  "We took your point, that is why entrusting it to a district judge."

15:42 (IST)20 May 2022
SC suggests case be heard by district judge in Varanasi

Observing that a "slightly more mature" and "seasoned hand" should handle the Gyanvapi mosque case, the Supreme Court on Friday suggested that the matter be heard by a district court in Varanasi. "A slightly more seasoned and mature hand should hear this case. We're not making aspersion on trial judge. But more seasoned hand should deal with this case and it'll benefit all parties," an apex court bench said while hearing the case.

15:13 (IST)20 May 2022
Gyanvapi mosque: SC hears plea challenging Allahabad HC order

The Supreme Court is hearing an plea challenging the Allahabad High Court order permitting a court-appointed commissioner to inspect, conduct survey and videography of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi to which Hindus and Muslims have laid claim for right to worship, the Bar & Bench reported.

14:08 (IST)20 May 2022
Allahabad HC adjourns hearing Gyanvapi mosque case till July 6

The Allahabad High Court Friday adjourned a hearing of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque case till July 6. The HC was hearing a petition challenging the suit pending in the Varanasi court regarding the dispute.

As many as six petitions have been filed in the High Court over the matter. Advocate SFA Naqvi appearing on behalf of the petitioner said that the opposition is yet to file their response in the case. The petitioner has challenged the suit pending in Varanasi court, under the Places of Worship Act of 1991, said Naqvi. Read more

13:44 (IST)20 May 2022
In photos | Devotees gather outside Gyanvapi mosque for Friday prayers

The Gyanvapi mosque management committee has asked devotees to come in smaller numbers for the Friday prayers as the wazu khana area has been sealed under the SC's orders. 

13:01 (IST)20 May 2022
With wazu khana sealed, Gyanvapi mosque management committee appeals people not to come in large numbers for Friday prayers

In view of the wazu khana area being sealed under the Supreme Court's order, the Gyanvapi mosque management committee, Anjuman Intizamia Masajid, asked people not to come in large numbers for the Friday prayers. For those coming, the committee asked them to perfom wazu at home. 

12:31 (IST)20 May 2022
Supreme Court to resume hearing Gyanvapi matter today

The Supreme Court is set to resume the hearing in the Gyanvapi mosque case today (May 20) after it had adjourned the matter for a day on the request of the plaintiffs from the Hindu side. 

On Thursday, deferring the case for a day, SC had asked the Varanasi court before which the proceedings are pending not to take any further action in the matter till then. A bench presided by Justice D Y Chandrachud said it will hear the matter at 3 pm Friday after it was told that Senior Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who is representing the Hindu side before the Varanasi court and was indisposed on the last date of hearing, had been discharged from hospital only Wednesday.

11:33 (IST)20 May 2022
Order passed by SC will have to be adhered to by all: Special Advocate Commissioner

Speaking to news agency ANI, Vishal Singh, the court-appointed special advocate commissioner said, "I have submitted my detailed report along with photographic and video evidence to the court. The order passed by the Supreme Court today (May 20) will have to be adhered to by all."

10:46 (IST)20 May 2022
🎧 Hear the latest updates on the Gyanvapi mosque case

In this episode of Expresso News Update, we talk about the latest developments in the Gyanvapi mosque case. Two reports have been submitted to the Varanasi court which ordered the survey, which state that debris of temples and Hindu motifs were found inside the complex. Tune in!

09:58 (IST)20 May 2022
Owaisi wants to remain in news with his statements over Gyanvapi row: UP Deputy CM

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak on Thursday said AIMIM's leader Asaduddin Owaisi "wants to remain in news" by making statements on Gyanvapi mosque issue. 

However, Pathak did not comment on the Gyanvapi issue and said the "matter is in court and we will follow the order". 

When asked about the recent views of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief on the Gyanvapi mosque issue, Pathak said, "The AIMIM chief wants to remain in news by making such statements." (PTI)

09:52 (IST)20 May 2022
Debris of temples, Hindu motifs seen in Gyanvapi complex: Survey reports

In claims likely to deepen the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi row, two reports on a videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex state that debris of old temples were found at the corner of the northern and western walls outside the barricading, and Hindu motifs such as bells, kalash, flowers and trishul were visible on pillars in the tehkhana (basement). 

The two reports have been submitted to the Varanasi court which ordered the survey. In his report conducted on May 6-7, Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was removed as the Advocate Commissioner on May 17, stated that debris of old temples were found at the corner of the northern and western walls outside the barricading, and structures of gods and goddesses and lotus were spotted. Read more

18:40 (IST)19 May 2022
SP MP asks Oppn to counter Shivling 'propaganda'

Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rehman Barq on Thursday said the claimed discovery of a Shivling in Varanasi's Gyanvapi mosque complex was “false propaganda” and urged opposition parties to counter it.

The local MP said Hindus and Muslims should ensure that such propaganda is stopped as every mosque is now being seen with suspicion.

He asked why Muslims would keep a Shivling at their place of worship as this would be idol worship, which is against the Shariat.

Earlier this week, Hindu lawyers had claimed that a structure found in the `wazookhana' reservoir at the mosque during a court-ordered survey was a Shivling.

The mosque committee members disputed the claim, saying the structure was part of the fountain mechanism at the wazookhana, where people perform ritual ablutions before offering namaz. --PTI

17:22 (IST)19 May 2022
Varanasi court fixes May 23 for next hearing in Gyanvapi case

A Varanasi court hearing the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case on Thursday posted the matter to May 23 for the next hearing.Both the parties filed their objections and counter-objections on Thursday. In view of the Supreme Court's order to the lower court not to proceed with the matter till Friday, it fixed May 23 for the next hearing, Madan Mohan Yadav, the lawyer representing the Hindu side, said.Abhay Yadav, the lawyer appearing for the Muslim side, said the plaintiff had demanded the court-appointed team to carry on with its proceedings by demolishing certain walls, "to which we have objected"."Also, a government counsel had demanded the removal of fish from a man-made pond located on the premises of the mosque. These fish are ours and we have raised our objection to this petition as well," he said.  Read more

14:39 (IST)19 May 2022
Editorial | Any attempt to change character of Gyanvapi mosque violates law of the land, undermines post-1947 social, political compact

"As per the Places of Worship Act, any attempt to alter the character of the Gyanvapi mosque is a violation of the letter and spirit of the law of the land. Of course, the BJP has the numbers to amend this Act. But such a move will be nothing short of a challenge to the post-1947 Indian nation-state, where a multitude and different religions have co-existed by respecting each other’s space and rights and embracing an identity defined by Constitutional values rather than claims made on behalf of faith or numerical strength. On Ayodhya, despite calls from within, the Government took a call to wait for the highest court to rule. What it does with the Places of Worship Act and how it responds to the current campaign being fought in courts but framed by majoritarian politics in terms of culture and faith, will shape how a democratic India looks at its history and its future. The stakes couldn’t be higher, all need to tread with caution — and the Constitution." Read more

13:38 (IST)19 May 2022
BJP using Gyanvapi to divert attention: Akhilesh Yadav

SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday said the BJP uses its “invisible friends” to rake up issues like the Gyanvapi mosque to divert people’s attention from issues like price rise and unemployment. 

“Gyanvapi mosque and other such incidents, the BJP does these things intentionally. Either the BJP does it, or their hidden and invisible friends do such things. They (BJP) push their invisible friends in the front. That’s because the BJP doesn’t want to answer fundamental questions like the rise in the prices of diesel and petrol,” said Akhilesh during his visit to Azamgarh. Read more

View of the Gyanvapi Mosque after its survey by a commission, in Varanasi, Tuesday. (PTI)

Shivling claim site in Gyanvapi secured, no restrictions on namaz

A day after the Supreme Court asked the Varanasi district magistrate to secure the wazu khana area where a Shivling was claimed to have been found during a videographic survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, without impeding or restricting the rights of Muslims to offer namaz, the faithful flocked to the mosque for prayers and the mosque committee asked them to perform wazu at home before heading there.

In the adjoining Kashi Vishwanath complex, an idol of Nandi, gazing in the direction of the Gyanvapi mosque, has been drawing crowds ever since the claim of the discovery of the Shivling during the survey of the mosque complex.

District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said for the convenience of the faithful who come to offer namaz, an application has been filed in court, seeking direction for shifting a water pipe outside. He said orders of the Supreme Court regarding the matter have been complied with — the top court will hear the matter again Thursday.

Also Read:

RSS on Gyanvapi: Time to put historical facts in the right perspective 

‘Pigeon closes eyes as cat advances’: 1991 Lok Sabha, when Uma Bharti flagged Gyanvapi and opposed Worship Bill

BJP using Gyanvapi to divert attention: Akhilesh Yadav

 

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