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Varanasi court reserves verdict in Gyanvapi mosque case

Varanasi, August 24 (KMS): A court in the Varanasi district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh hearing the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex case has reserved its judgment till September 12 as both the Muslim and Hindu sides concluded their arguments on the maintainability of the suit on Wednesday.

According to Kashmir Media Service, five women had filed a petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an outer wall of the mosque.

Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer for the Hindu plaintiffs, told the media that both sides completed their arguments after which district judge A K Vishvesh reserved the court’s order till September 12.

Advocate Shamim Ahmad, who represented the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee in the case, said the Gyanvapi mosque is a Waqf property and the court does not have the right to hear the matter. It was argued that only the Waqf Board has the right to hear any matter pertaining to the mosque.

The advocate representing the Muslim side told the court that in 1992, after an agreement between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Waqf Board, a part of the Gyanvapi complex was converted into a police control room.

At the time of the construction of the Kashi Vishwanath corridor, the state government took some land of the Gyanvapi mosque and provided land at another place in lieu of it, he said. This proves that the Gyanvapi mosque is a Waqf property, Ahmad told the court.

Yadav had claimed that the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee told the court that in 1669, Aurangzeb demolished the temple and built a mosque at the site.

The case is being heard by the district court following an apex court order. Earlier, a lower court had ordered a videography survey of the complex. The survey work was completed on May 16 and the report was presented in the court on May 19. The Hindu side had claimed in the lower court that a Shivling was found during the videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex, which was contested by the Muslim side, saying that it was part of a fountain constructed for ablution.

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