On Wednesday, the Varanasi court resumed its hearing over a plea of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee (AIMC), which challenges the “maintainability of a suit” which was filed by Hindu women. She seeks permission to worship daily at Shringar Gauri Sthal, Kashi Vishwanath, and Gyanvapi Complex.
Hearing Resumes In Gyanvapi Case
The arguments started between the advocates of four Hindu women petitioners and advocates for AIMC when they (AIMC) pleaded that the suit filed by the women while requesting to worship at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal is non-maintainable. The debate started a day after the plea was filed in the court of AK Vishvesh, District Judge.
The Gyanvapi case started in August 2021, when four Hindu women and Rakhi Singh filed a petition intending to be allowed to worship daily at the Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal. The case was referred to as Rakhi Singh and other women versus Uttar Pradesh and Anzuman Intezamia Masajid Committee (AIMC).
AIMC advocate, Akhlaque Ahmad, said, “We presented several arguments to support our stand that the case is non-maintainable. We concluded our argument for now.”
Based on the Places of Worship Act, 1991, AIMC advocates argued that the act “prohibits conversion of any place of worship and mandates the maintenance of the religious character of any place of worship as it existed on August 15, 1947.” and afterwards the advocates of women petitioners also argued.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, an advocate from the women’s side said, “Places of Worship Act,1991, Section 4(2) is not applicable in this case. The Wakf Act is also not applicable. Our case is covered by the Kashi Act of 1983.”
Further added, “We believe that the case is maintainable and will state the same before the court again on Wednesday.”
Then Jitendra Singh Vishen, chief of Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh, allegedly said, “that advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain was the standing counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government in the Supreme Court and hence he cannot represent petitioners in any case in which the state government is the party.”
Mr Jain contrasted, “Yes, I am the standing counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government in the Supreme Court but I have a no objection certificate from the government for representing this case.”
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On May 20, Supreme Court transferred the case Shringar Gauri-Gyanvapi to a district judge from civil judge, while doing so it said, “complexities and sensitivity of the issue, it is better if a senior judicial officer having experience of over 25-30 years handles this case.”