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Allahabad High Court To Regularly Hear Gyanvapi Mosque-Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dispute Case From March 29

Sparsh Upadhyay
25 March 2022 3:39 AM GMT
Allahabad High Court To Regularly Hear Gyanvapi Mosque-Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dispute Case From March 29
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The Allahabad High Court on Thursday decided that it shall hold regular hearings in the matter related to the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque dispute of Varanasi starting from March 29.The Bench of Prakash Padia ordered thus while holding a hearing on a plea moved by Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi last year seeking a stay on the proceedings of the Varanasi court, and also...

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday decided that it shall hold regular hearings in the matter related to the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque dispute of Varanasi starting from March 29.

The Bench of Prakash Padia ordered thus while holding a hearing on a plea moved by Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi last year seeking a stay on the proceedings of the Varanasi court, and also filed applications challenging the maintainability of the civil suit pending before the lower court.

The Court has already stayed the Suit, including the Varanasi lower court order in the Gyanvapi-Kashi land dispute case, wherein it had directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey of the Mosque complex.

Essentially, the Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi has challenged (before the HC) the suit filed before the Varanasi Court by the Ancient Idol Of Swayambhu Lord Vishweshwar And 5 Others in the year 1991 claiming the restoration of the land on which the Gyanvapi Mosque stands to Hindus.

On Thursday, the respondents argued before the Court that the petitioner [Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi] had initially filed an application under Order VII Rule 11(d) CPC for rejecting the plaint (of the Ancient Idol Of Swayambhu Lord Vishweshwar) however, they did not press the same for a considerable time and instead of pressing the aforesaid application, they chose to file written statement in the plaint.

It was further argued by the counsel for the respondent that on the basis of pleadings in the suit, the issues were framed by the Varanasi Court. The Counsel also submitted that the property in question, i.e. the temple of Lord Visheshwar has been in existence from ancient times, i.e., Satyug up till now.

It was his further submission that the Swayambhu Lord Visheshwar is situated in the disputed structure, and therefore, the land in dispute is itself an integral part of Lord Visheshwar.

On the argument put forth by the Majid committee that since the plaint was barred by the provisions of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, the same should be rejected, the respondents argued that the religious character of the place of worship remained the same as on the day of August 15, 1947, therefore, the provisions of Place of Worship Act, 1991 cannot be applied.

Further, due to paucity of time, the arguments could not be concluded and therefore, the Court listed the matter on March 29, 2022, along with other connected matters and the Court made it clear that the arguments shall continue thereafter on regular basis till its conclusion.

Case Title - Anjuman Intazamia Masazid Varanasi v. Ist A.D.J. Varanasi And Others

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