- Sameeratmaj Mishra
- From Lucknow, to PRESS24 NEWS Hindi
The Sunni Waqf Board has filed a revision petition in the district court of Varanasi against the order of the local court for the archaeological survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex adjoining the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.
The court will decide on July 9 whether to accept the petition or not.
Advocates Abhay Yadav and Tauheed Khan, on behalf of the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, have challenged the order of the Civil Judge Senior Division on April 8 this year, through a revision petition, in which the Archaeological Survey of India has been directed to the Gyanvapi Masjid under the supervision of a five-member committee. Excavation of the premises was ordered.
The court had ordered that the ASI should excavate to find out whether there was a temple or mosque in the Gyanvapi complex and what was the religious nature of the complex at the time of the country’s independence. But the Masjid Management Committee and the Sunni Waqf Board had spoken of appealing against this decision of the court.
According to lawyer Abhay Yadav, “In the revision petition, we have demanded that the court does not have the right to hear this entire case, but the Central Sunni Waqf Board, Lucknow. A case on this issue is also pending in the Allahabad High Court. Pooja The site Act 1991 has also been violated in this order, which states that the condition of the shrine will remain the same on the day of independence on 15 August 1947. The excavation of the mosque which is about four hundred years old will end its existence and Peace and law and order will also be affected on the spot.
On April 8 this year, Varanasi Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ashutosh Tiwari ordered an archaeological survey of the Gyanvapi complex. The decision came on a bunch of petitions that claimed that a portion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple was demolished by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century for the construction of the Gyanvapi Mosque. These petitions have demanded that the land on which the mosque has been built should be handed over to the Hindu side.
Vijay Shankar Rastogi, who supports the claim in the Kashi Vishwanath temple case, says that Aurangzeb had issued a decree to demolish the Kashi Vishwanath temple during his rule but he did not order to build a mosque. According to Rastogi, the mosque was later built on the ruins of the temple itself.
Gyanvapi Masjid Maintenance Organization Syed Mohammad Yasin, Joint Secretary, Anjuman Intzamiya Masjid It is not said that the mosque was built after demolishing the temple. It is completely different from the temple. The thing being said that there is a well here and there is a Shivling in it, then this thing is absolutely wrong. It was cleaned, there was nothing there.”
In a conversation with the PRESS24 NEWS, Syed Mohammad Yasin says, “There is nothing in the mosque before that, so that it can be clear when it was built. The revenue document is the oldest document. On the basis of this, in a case filed in the year 1936, the next Its decision also came in the year 1937 and it was accepted by the court as a mosque.
“The court held that it is a mosque from bottom to top and is a waqf property. Later the High Court also upheld this decision. This mosque has been here since August 15, 1947, but since it was built in 1669. Namaz is being offered. Even during the Corona period, this process has not broken.
Harihar Pandey, who filed a petition in the court for the survey of Gyanvapi in 1991, says, “In the year 1991, three of us had filed this case. Besides me were Somnath Vyas and Ramrang Sharma, who was a professor at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. Both of them People are no longer alive.”
A few days after the filing of this case, the Mosque Management Committee challenged it in the High Court by citing the Place of Worship Act, 1991 made by the Central Government.
The Allahabad High Court had ordered to maintain the status quo by imposing a stay in the year 1993, but after an order of the Supreme Court on the validity of the stay order, the hearing in the matter started again in the Varanasi Court in the year 2019 and after this hearing, the hearing of the mosque premises. The archaeological survey was approved.
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