Gyanvapi mosque case: Varanasi court rejects Muslim side’s plea to defer hearing

Varanasi (UP), September 22 (KMS): A court in the Indian city of Varanasi has rejected the Muslim side’s plea for allowing 8 weeks’ time before going ahead with the hearing in the Gyanvapi mosque case.

The court in the hearing today also issued a notice to the Muslim side to file their objections on the application for carbon dating of the ‘Shivling’ by the Hindu side till September 29.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side, said that they are filing an application to demand carbon dating of the Shivling.

“We are demanding carbon dating. The Muslim side says it is a fountain, we say it is a Shivling. An independent body must investigate and ascertain this,” Jain said.

The court issued a notice over our application for carbon dating and demanded objections from the Muslim side; disposal on September 29. The court rejected the 8 weeks’ time sought by the mosque committee to prepare for the next hearing,” he added.

The court fixed the next hearing into the case on September 29.

It is to mention here that five Hindu women had sought worship in the mosque claiming that it was built on a Hindu temple. The Hindus also claimed the presence of Shivling in the ablution water tank. However, the Muslims maintained that the alleged Shivling is part of a fountain in the ablution water tank.

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