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Gyanvapi: Objections Sought from Hindu, Muslim Sides on Survey Report; Next Hearing on May 26

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A district court in Varanasi on Tuesday heard the petition in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex case transferred to it by the Supreme Court. The court of District Judge AK Vishvesh has sought objections from both Hindu and Muslim sides on the video-graphic survey of the mosque area. The matter has been posted for hearing on May 26.

The court gave one week’s time to both the Hindu and Muslim sides to file their objections to the report of a court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque premises.

In the last hearing, a plea seeking permission to worship the “Shivling” claimed to have been found on the Gyanvapi mosque premises during a videography survey ordered by a lower court was also filed. The apex court had on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex case from a civil judge (senior division) to a district judge, saying looking at the ”complexities” and ”sensitivity” of the issue, it is better if a senior judicial officer having an experience of over 25-30 years handles this case.

”After hearing arguments of both sides, the court will on Tuesday give its verdict on which petition is to be heard first,” said Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer for the Hindu side. The Hindu side argued that since a court-appointed commission has completed its work, the opponents should present their objections on it.

Yadav said they pleaded to make available the commission’s report and videography done by it to present its side on it. Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee’s lawyer Mohammad Tauhid Khan argued that the writ is not sustainable, hence, it should be dismissed.

A fresh petition was also moved on Monday by Dr Kulpati Tiwari, Mahant of Kashi Vishwanath temple, for regular ”pujan” (worship) of the Shivling, which he said was found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

Meanwhile, Hindu Sena has also filed an application in the district court to be a party in the ongoing dispute. In addition to the ongoing plea, they also appealed for the total handover of the Gyanvapi site to Hindus for purpose of worshipping.

Further, an application by the national president of Hindu Sena has sought to shift the Gyanvapi mosque to any other location and “use the existing mosque premise for the devotees of Lord Shiva”.

Plea Seeks Complete Ban on Entry of Muslims in Gyanvapi; Hearing on Wednesday

In a new move in the case, the court of civil judge senior division, Varanasi has again taken up a petition for hearing on Wednesday. The court of civil just senior division has accepted a fresh petition filed by one of the Hindu petitioners seeking a complete ban on entry of Muslims inside the Gyanvapi and handing over the entire mosque area to the Hindus.

This comes despite the prevailing Supreme Court orders of providing unhindered access to the Muslims inside the mosque and ensuring adequate arrangements for Namaz.

The fresh petition, filed by Jitendra Singh Bisen and his wife, was strongly opposed by the government council but the court ordered for its listing on Wednesday.

(with inputs from PTI)

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