Updated December 19th, 2023 at 22:06 IST
Big win for Hindus: Allahabad High Court rejects Muslim side's petitions in Gyanvapi mosque dispute
Allahabad High Court on Tuesday rejected all the petitions of Sunni Central Waqf Board and Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee in the Gyanvapi mosque dispute.
Prayagraj: Allahabad High Court on Tuesday rejected all the petitions of Sunni Central Waqf Board and Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee challenging maintainability of civil suit before Varanasi court seeking restoration of temple at Gyanvapi site. Today, the court also ordered the Varanasi court to finish the trial within six months.
Allahabad high court has ruled that pending suit in the Varanasi court was not barred by the 1992 Places of Worship act.
“Gyanvapi case is between two communities not individuals, needs early solution,” a single judge bench of Justice Rohit Ranjan Aggarwal observed.
According to the pending suit in the Varanasi court, the complainant sought restoration of temple at Gyanvapi site. The Hindu side's contention was challenged by the Muslim's side on the ground that the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act of 1991, which forbids changing a religious place's character from what it was on August 15, 1947, makes the lawsuit illegal.
There were five petitions challenging the maintainability of a civil suit pending before a Varanasi court, seeking the restoration of a temple at the site where the Gyanvapi mosque exists.
Allahabad High Court Bar Association President Ashok Kumar Singh said, “this judgment is a historic judgment because all the parties have been told that the case should be disposed of in 6 months and the petitions have been rejected if one party is aggrieved so the higher court is open for him.”
On December 11, the Varanasi court granted one more week to the Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI) to submit a scientific survey report of the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
Published December 19th, 2023 at 10:36 IST