Hearing in Gyanvapi Masjid case may be held in Varanasi district court today


Days after the Supreme Court transferred the civil suit filed by Hindu women of from the Civil Judge (Senior Division) to the District Judge in the matter, a Varanasi district court is likely to hear the Gyanvapi Masjid case.

The top court had on Friday said that considering the complexity and sensitivity of the matter, it is better for a senior judicial officer to handle the matter. It also clarified that he was not leveling any allegation against the civil judge (senior division), who was earlier dealing with the trial.

The Supreme Court also said that the process of ascertaining the religious character of a place of worship is not barred under the Places of Worship Act of 1991.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha observed that the matter involved complexity and sensitivity and it would be better if a district judge handles the matter and clarified that it did not lay any allegation on the civil judge (senior division). who was earlier dealing with litigation.

The bench said, “In view of the complexity of the issue involved in the case, in the civil suit and their sensitivity, we are of the view that the matter before the Civil Judge (Senior Division) Varanasi is before a senior and experienced judicial officer of the Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Service. Should be considered.”

It said, “We accordingly order and direct that the trial shall be transferred from the file of Civil Judge (Senior Division) Varanasi to the court of District Judge, Varanasi for trial and all interactive and ancillary proceedings in the trial shall be held by the District Judge. will be addressed and decided by the court.

Earlier this week, the top court directed the district magistrate of Varanasi to ensure security of the area inside the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex where a Shivling was found in a videography survey and allow Muslims to offer prayers. was given.

A bench headed by Justice Chandrachud also said that no restriction should be imposed on Muslims from entering the mosque for offering prayers or performing religious rituals.

It also directed the District Magistrate, in consultation with the parties involved in the dispute, to make adequate arrangements for ‘wazu’ (bath) for Muslims coming to the mosque to offer prayers.


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