Allahabad, June 01, 2023 (PPI-OT): The Allahabad High Court has dismissed the plea of the Anjuman Intezamia Committee, which manages the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, challenging the maintainability of the Hindu side’s case. The court rejected the mosque committee’s challenge to the 5 Hindu women plea seeking permission for daily pooja (worship of Hindu deities) in the Gyanvapi mosque. The bench of Justice J.J. Munir reserved its judgment in December, last year, after hearing counsel for both parties at length.
The Masjid Committee had moved the High Court in October 2022, days after a Varanasi court dismissed its plea challenging the maintainability of a suit filed by five Hindu women (plaintiffs) seeking permission for worship in the compound of the Gyanvapi Mosque. Varanasi District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishwesha in the order had observed that the suit of the plaintiffs is not barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, The Waqf Act 1995, and the U.P. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Act, 1983 as was being claimed by the Anjuman Masjid Committee (which manages Gyanvapi Masjid).
With its latest order, the high court has upheld the order passed by the Varanasi court on September 12, 2022, holding the said suit to be maintainable.
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