Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
The Varanasi District Courtroom on Wednesday allowed Hindu prayers to be supplied contained in the Vyas Ka Tekhana (sealed basement space) of the Gyanvapi mosque complicated. The courtroom directed the district administration to make preparations to start out the puja inside seven days.  

The Varanasi District Court on Wednesday allowed Hindu prayers to be supplied contained in the Vyas Ka Tekhana (sealed basement space) of the Gyanvapi mosque . The courtroom directed the district administration to make preparations to start out the puja inside seven days.  

The Anjuman Intezamia Committee of Gyanvapi Masjid will problem the order within the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom, in keeping with the committee’s counsel Merajuddin Siddiqui. The All India Muslim Private Legislation Board (AIMPLB), which is advising the committee, known as the district courtroom’s determination “completely unacceptable”, drawing parallels to the opening of the locks on the Babri Masjid in 1986. “It appears after institution of Ram Mandir on the website of the Babri Masjid, many different mosques are being focused, regardless of how outdated they could be,” AIMPLB spokesman S.Q.R. Ilyas advised in press convention.

In response to the petitioner, Hindu clergymen appointed by the Vyas household had carried out day by day rituals within the temple at this spot inside the complicated earlier than 1993, until it was stopped on the orders of the State authorities. Nevertheless, an Anjuman Intezamia committee member, who didn’t want to be named, contested the declare. “There has by no means been any puja performed there. It’s a baseless competition,” he stated.

Puja preparations in seven days

The order allowing prayers to renew got here on the final working day of district choose Ajay Krishna Vishwesha, who has been listening to a number of pleas associated to worship rights within the Gyanvapi mosque. On this specific case, a September 2023 utility filed by Shailendra Kumar Pathak, priest of the Acharya Ved Vyas Peeth temple, had sought worship of the seen and invisible deities within the basement of the mosque.

“District Justice of the Peace, Varanasi is directed to get puja, raga-bhog carried out of idols situated within the southern cellar of Gyanvapi Mosque. This is able to be completed via a priest nominated by Kashi Vishwanath Belief Board and plaintiff. Make correct preparations of iron fencing and so forth. in 7 days for a similar,” reads the courtroom order, of which a duplicate is out there with reporters. On January 24, this courtroom had ordered the Varanasi district administration to take over the possession of the southern cellar inside the Gyanvapi mosque complicated.

The subsequent date of listening to within the matter is February 8, when the defendants, together with the Anjuman Intejamia Masajid Committee that manages the Gyanvapi mosque, can file their objections.

The AIMPLB stated that the mosque committee was approaching the Excessive Courtroom with its attraction. “The case is more likely to be listed tomorrow. The Muslim aspect was not given the prospect to current its viewpoint by the district courtroom. The choose gave the decision on his final day in service,” Mr. Ilyas stated.

VHP welcomes order

Reacting to the courtroom’s order permitting Hindus to worship within the basement of the Gyanvapi mosque, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s worldwide working president Alok Kumar stated that the judgement was vital and has introduced happiness for the Hindu neighborhood.

“Within the basement of the Gyanvapi construction on the southern aspect is a Temple and on this Temple the common Puja Archna of the Deities was occurring until the yr 1993. In 1993, the administration had, in an arbitrary motion, barricaded the world, prohibited the Hindus from going to the Temple and had stopped the Puja Archna,” he stated in a press release. Mr. Kumar additionally expressed his hope that this order could be a precursor to an expeditious determination on the principle swimsuit as properly.

‘Historical past is being repeated’

The AIMPLB, nonetheless, is drawing parallels between the choice to allow puja within the Gyanvapi mosque basement and the opening of the locks of the Babri Masjid in 1986.

“They’re shifting in the identical path. There’s purpose to attract parallels and we concern historical past is being repeated. Right here, in Gyanvapi, 5 Hindu ladies sought proper to worship a deity right here. Then claims have been made a couple of shivling within the wuzukhana. Then the wuzukhana was sealed. Following that, the Archaeological Survey of India was requested to conduct a survey of the mosque. Quickly its report was leaked to press after the courtroom gave a duplicate to the 2 events. Now, permission for puja has been granted. No person bothered to search out out if this case might even be listed after the Locations of Worship Act got here into power in 1991,” stated Mr. Ilyas.

Discover on ASI survey

In one other necessary order pertaining to the Gyanvapi mosque, the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom has issued a discover to the mosque committee on a revision utility filed to problem the Varanasi district choose’s order refusing to direct the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a scientific survey of the wazukhana space of mosque.

The revision plea has been moved by Rakhi Singh, one of many Hindu plaintiffs in the principle swimsuit pertaining to the Gyanvapi mosque which calls for the elimination of the mosque itself and seeks rights for Hindus to worship Shringar Gauri there. Advocate Saurabh Tiwari, showing for Ms. Singh, advised reporters that the one choose Bench of Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal has issued a discover within the matter of the revision plea.

The ASI has already performed a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi complicated in 2023, in accordance with the Varanasi district choose’s order, to find out whether or not the mosque was constructed over the pre-existing construction of a Hindu temple. In its report, the ASI maintained that a big Hindu temple existed on the spot earlier than the development of the present construction, that’s, the Gyanvapi mosque.

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