The Varanasi Districts and Sessions Court today upheld the maintainability of the Hindu side’s petition in the Gyanvapi mosque complex case. Five women had filed a petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are claimed to be located on an outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque. The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee has said the Gyanvapi mosque is a Waqf property and had questioned the maintainability of the plea.
Reacting to the verdict, Hindu leader, who happens to be from the BJP, Subramanian Swamy said he, along with other Hindus, was fighting the real battle at the Supreme Court and the Varanasi court's decision was merely an "intermediary step".
The Varanasi today rejected the petition of the Muslim party to the dispute. The court said that the suit by Hindu parties is maintainable in the court. The court has posted the matter for hearing on September 22 and it will now hear the arguments based on merits.
A single bench of district Judge AK Vishvesh delivered the verdict in the Gyanvapi Shrinagar Gauri dispute case today. "The court rejected the Muslim side's petition and said the suit is maintainable. The next hearing of the case is on Sep 22," advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side, said.
"Muslim petitioners are likely to approach Allahabad High Court in appeal," petitioner Sohan Lal Arya said.
"The team of legal experts will explain in detail the verdict of the court and then further line of action will be taken. Whatever Supreme Court said regarding Place of Worship in the Babri Masjid case we were hopeful that all issues related to temples and mosques would be resolved, "Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, told India Today.
The court delivered its judgment on the maintainability of the suit challenging the title of the Gyanvapi mosque and the land surrounding it.
Ahead of the verdict by a court in Varanasi in the Gyanavpi-mosque-Shringar Gauri case, Lucknow police conducted a flag march in the city. Prohibitory orders were clamped and security was tightened in Varanasi to maintain law and order ahead of the ruling.
"An important judgment is about to come today. We did a flag march to create a sense of security among people," Lucknow Police Commissioner, SB Shiradkar, said.
"We are hopeful that the verdict will be in our favour. We will respect the court's verdict. If needed, we will approach the high court or the Supreme Court," petitioner Manju Vyas had said.
More than 250 policemen were deployed outside the Varanasi court complex. A bomb disposal squad patrolled the area while other security personnel monitored it, employing a dog squad. Outsiders were not allowed to stand around the court premises and quick response teams were also deployed.
The Hindu side had claimed in the lower court that a Linga was found during the videographic survey of the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex, but it was contested by the Muslim side.
With inputs from ANI, PTI and India Today