Gyanvapi Masjid dispute: 'These issues will break country,' Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut


Referring to the Gyanvai mosque dispute, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said such incidents happens for the political benefits that will break the nation. He said it is the time to bring peace now. 

“This all is happening to gain political benefits, these issues will break the country. After Ram temple, now peace is needed,” said the Shiv Sena leader.

The Varanasi court on Wednesday reserved its order that will be pronounced today. 

In the latest, the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee on Saturday urged the lower court to replace Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar Mishra in the pretext of being biased. The petitioners had filed an application in this regard. 

Ajai Kumar Mishra was appointed to oversee the video survey of the mosque. The case is being heard by Varanasi Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar.

The court-appointed commissioner and his team visited the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri temple complex in Varanasi on May 8, but could not conduct a video survey of the mosque due to protests by Muslim believers.

Abhay Nath Yadav, counsel for the Masjid Management Committee, told the media persons that the court had ordered not to do videography inside the mosque but to do so till the ‘chabutra’ (courtyard) outside the barricading. 

Yadav said, “The videography and survey started and was videographed till the ‘chabutra’ in the western part of the mosque. After that when the commissioner tried to enter by opening the entrance of the mosque, I opposed this and said that the court has not given any such order under which videography can be done inside the mosque.”

Gyanvapi Masjid controversy

The Varanasi court on April 8 directed a five-member ASI team to study the entire premises of the campus, the cost of which would be borne by the Uttar Pradesh government. The order is based on a petition filed by Vijay Shankar Rastogi, who argued that the entire complex belongs to the temple.

Stating that the original Kashi Vishwanath temple was built 2,000 years ago, the petition states that the Gyanvapi Masjid was constructed in 1669 after the temple was demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The temple was rebuilt in 1780 by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar. The Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, which bars courts from considering any petition changing the status quo of any religious place, is not applicable to this suit, they have argued.


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