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Gyanvapi Case To Continue In Court, Mosque Committee’s Challenge Rejected

In a setback for the mosque committee in one of the major issues involving Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque, the Allahabad High Court refused a plea on Wednesday asking it to dismiss a civil complaint that was being considered in a local court.

The court determined that the petition brought by a group of Hindu women worshippers demanding the right to pray in the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi was legal, allowing the case to proceed in the Varanasi District Court.

Lakshmi Devi, Rekha Pathak, Sita Sahu, and Manju Vyas, the lawsuit’s litigants, filed the complaint in August 2021, requesting the right to routinely worship goddess Shringar Gauri and other deities whose idols they claimed were located in the mosque complex. 

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In September 2022, the Varanasi district judge upheld the case’s maintainability.

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The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM) Committee and the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board have petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the September 2022 judgment, claiming that it violated the Places of Worship Act of 1991 and the Central Waqf Act of 1995.

Gyanvapi Case

After hearing the arguments, the Allahabad High Court reserved its verdict for December 23, 2022.

The Gyanvapi case was one of several that came from a judgement in April 2021 by the Varanasi High Court, which asked the Archaeological examination of India (ASI) to perform a detailed examination of the mosque complex in response to a plea by Hindu organisations.

A pre-existing legal decree allows hundreds of Hindu women to worship the goddess Shringar Gauri at the compound once a year.

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