Varanasi Court to First Hear Mosque Committee on May 26

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  • Varanasi court to hear Gyanvapi mosque committee's contention first.
  • The SC on Friday ordered the Varansi court to the priority of the petitions filed.
  • The Varanasi court is scheduled to hear the mosque committee petition on May 26th.

New Delhi: The Varanasi court on Tuesday said that it will first hear the Gyanvapi mosque committee’s contention that filming inside the mosque carried out last week is illegal.

The process of hearing in the case will start on Thursday, with the “maintainability” issue coming first. It also ordered the two sides to file affidavits with their objections to the survey report within a week.

The lawyers for the Mosque Committee have sought dismissal of the civil suit filed by the Hindu petitioners seeking removal of the Mosque claiming it was part of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and also right to worship what they claimed was the ‘shivling’ inside the Mosque on the ground that it was a violation of the Places of Worship Act 1991.

District judge Ajai Krishna Vishwesh, who had reserved his verdict after hearing the counsels of the Hindu and Muslim petitioners on Monday, also directed the rival parties to file their objections on the survey reports submitted to the court by the advocate commissioner within a week.

In orders passed on Friday, the Supreme Court had asked the Varanasi court to decide on priority whether the survey at the Gyanvapi mosque and the petition that led to the survey was ‘maintainable’ or not.

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