UP Court orders fresh hearing in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque case tomorrow

UP Court orders fresh hearing in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque case tomorrow

Upon the Supreme Court’s order, Varanasi’s seniormost judge will order when the new hearing will begin and the procedure to follow in the Gyanvapi mosque case. Court will decide tomorrow whether to accept the mosque committee’s request to hear the “maintenance” case first. On Friday, the Supreme Court ordered the Varanasi court to determine on a priority basis whether the Gyanvapi mosque survey and the petition that led to it are ‘maintainable’.

The hearing, which lasted 30 minutes, took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the courthouse in Varanasi.

“The court ordered that our application that the case is not maintainable should be heard first. I read out my application and the Supreme Court order. The opposing counsel wanted more time and documents to file objections, but I said the decision on maintainability must be made first, Abhay Nath Yadav said.

The Supreme Court said last week that a judge experienced in handling similar cases would hear a petition challenging the filming of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque.

“Because this is a complex and sensitive matter, we recommend a district judge instead of a trial judge hear this case,” the court had said.

Hindu petitioners had leaked details of the mosque filming report to the press just hours after it was submitted in a sealed cover to a Varanasi court on Thursday. The court also ordered an end to “selective leaks” to the press.

The Supreme Court has also emphasized the “need for fraternity between communities and for peace” as top priorities.

“On a joint mission to preserve the balance of the country, we need a sense of balance and calm on the ground,” Justice DY Chandrachud had said.

After the Muslim side stated that the area being sealed was affecting the practice of Wazu, the Supreme Court said it may ask the Varanasi District Magistrate to make alternative arrangements for Wazu if its interim order covers protection of the supposed ‘Shivling’ in the mosque.

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