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2nd Hindu party to Gyanvapi dispute floats conspiracy theory against Pushpendra Kulshreshtha, advocates Hari Shankar Jain, Vishnu Shankar Jain

The discredited second Hindu party to the Kashi Vishwanath-turned-Gyanvapi dispute that has been denied permission to attend the commission's proceedings will not attend the Varanasi court hearing on 5 September, they said, targeting eminent speaker on Islamism Pushpendra Kulshreshtha and advocates Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Shankar Jain. This third party to the dispute — reminiscent of the third party in the Ayodhya dispute, the Nirmohi Akhada — has cancelled their schedule, telling reporters today that they would not reach Varanasi on the said date because they fear something untoward may happen to them.

Talking to reporters, Jitendra Singh 'Visen', the advocate of the second Hindu side and head of Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh in Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case in Varanasi, explained his threat perception by claiming that the lawyers standing for this third party were being intimidated. "Either I or Shivam Gaur or both could be attacked, with the incident looking like an accident," he said. Therefore, he said that he had filed an application for deferment of the hearing of case No. 712/2022 Bhagwan Adi Vishweshwar Virajman (Kiran Singh "Visen") versus State of Uttar Pradesh, he said.

'Visen' said, "I was told that I should stop representing the Vishwa Vaidic Sanatan Sangh in the Gyanvapi case. My family members, associates and advocates can now be victims of any conspiracy or 'accident' at any time. If something like this happens, the anti-Hindu forces responsible for this."

"On 26 August, four people ran into me in Delhi at 8 PM and greeted me with a 'namaste'. Then they said, 'You are doing a great job, but don't get into the mess. Leave this case and move away, which would be the better option,'" the said, adding that he had received similar threats more than 10 times in the past four months.

Visen said that since May, he had been threatened on many occasions directly or through television channels, social media, phone etc.  “Pushpendra Kulshreshtha is in cahoots with with Advocates Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Shankar Jain. These people wanting a resolution of the Gyanvapi issue. We want to settle it peacefully in six months and let Hindus offer prayers in the Gyanvapi premises. But Kulshreshtha and his people give provocative statements on TV channels. I am threatened there too."  Pushpendra Kulshrestha has not yet reacted to the allegation.

10 fears of the second Hindu party to the Gyanvapi dispute in the words of Jitendra Singh 'Visen'

  1. Spreading confusion in the society through media that Rakhi Singh, the plaintiff of Shringar Gauri case, is withdrawing from the case.
  2. "Every effort is being made to ensure that I do not participate in the commission's proceedings. Survey Commissioner Vishal Singh expelled me from the group that was attending the commission's proceedings, which is proof of this," 'Visen' said.
  3. "They are trying to defame me by transferring money to my account from unknown sources. A rumour was spread that Jitendra Singh 'Visen' is conniving with the Muslim side," he claimed.
  4. The leaking of photos and videos from the court-ordered videographic was falsely attributed to him, 'Visen' said.
  5. 'Visen' alleged that following the video leak, the government neither investigated nor took any action against the culprits and disregarded the demand for CBI inquiry that he had raised.
  6. "Making fake cases against my colleagues and sending them to jail for demanding a CBI inquiry" is yet another proof of a conspiracy against his side, 'Visen' claimed. "This has broken the morale of the people associated with me. Many of my colleagues turned away from me. Our team has been financially burdened due to this baseless issue," he claimed.
  7. The claimed that cops at the Thana Chowk in Varanasi had misbehaved with him during the commission's proceedings.
  8. 'Visen' claimed to have received threats also from Pakistan. "They are trying to intimidate me with missed calls from a Pakistan number, which is completely incomprehensible, while the administration is silent on the risk posed to us," he said.
  9. 'Visen' said his advocate Anupam Trivedi was threatened in the court premises.
  10. "Unknown elements threatened me to stay away from the Gyanvapi case and not be seen in Banaras," 'Visen' claimed.

Singhs vs Jains: A squabble between lawyers or Hindu Mahasabha plot?

On 1 June, one of the five plaintiffs in the Gyanvapi dispute, Rakhi Singh, had announced that she would no longer be engaging the services of Advocate Hari Shankar Jain and his team in their case. The announcement came from Visen, who claimed to be Rakhi Singh's uncle, holding the power of attorney to represent her in court.

Jain had clarified, following Visen's remark, "This backstabbing was uncalled for."

"He ['Visen'] seems to have spotted an opportunity to do politics" even as lawyers from his team said that they now intended to distance themselves from Singh in all other matters everywhere.

'Visen' had joined the Mathura case too through a suit filed by Kiran Singh, one of his relatives. In the unrelated Qutub Minar suit, claiming the existence of 27 Hindu and Jain temples at the site, Singh had been added as a plaintiff alongside Jain and Ms. Agnihotri.

“You can say we have personal issues,” 'Visen' had conceded in early-June. “Our working styles are different. Hari Shankar ji is quite old and his health does not allow him to represent us as robustly.”

Jain said this was not going to affect them in any way in court. “I am still representing four plaintiffs in the Gyanvapi matter and other plaintiffs in the Mathura and Qutub Minar matters. We will argue as we intended to and he [Mr. Singh] may like to engage his own team to fight it out alone if he wants to.”

The Jains claim to have filed the original suit and accuse the Singhs of plagiarising their case content. Hari Shankar Jain says he knows 'Visen' since 2019 from the latter's association with the Hindu Mahasabha but "he has betrayed my trust".

The Hindu Mahasabha has been known since VD (Veer) Savarkar's death more for disrupting programmes of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bharatiya Janata Party and putting in place a contrarian Hindu force in several matters of disputes with Muslims.

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