The country’s top court has directed that the case be heard in the district court instead of the apex court. The district judge will hear the case. The matter will be heard again in the Supreme Court in the second week of July. The hearing of the Gyanvapi case was held for the third time in the court on Friday. The hearing was held before a bench of Justices VI Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and PS Narasimha. Claims that Hindu idols and remains are present at Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque will be heard by a “more experienced” judge in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court ordered, moving it out of the court hearing so far.
The Supreme Court said, ‘We want the matter to be heard by an experienced judge. We have no objection to the judges presently hearing. But if the matter is handled by a more experienced judge, it will be to the benefit of both the parties. The District Judge should also pay attention to the matter of worshiping in the temple. On the petition of the Masjid Committee, the District Judge will decide how strong their claim is!
The Supreme Court has given eight weeks to start the hearing of the case. Till then the interim order of May 17 of the Supreme Court should comply. According to the Supreme Court, the District Judge should make alternate arrangements for Wuzu till the decision is taken in this matter. Shivling should also be protected. The “need for fraternity between communities and the need for peace is topmost” for the court, said the judges during arguments.
The Supreme Court has directed that there should be no hindrance in the protection of Shivling and offering namaz too. Shivling should also be protected. Varanasi’s seniormost judge will now hear the petition of five Hindu women requesting permission to worship what they claim are Hindu idols at the Gyanvapi mosque, which stands next to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of India’s oldest and holiest cities.
What is in the survey report of Gyanvapi Masjid?
According to a survey report on the Gyanvapi Masjid case, a Sheshnag-like artifact was seen in the center, moving from north to west. According to reports, the remains of a large building have been found at the spot. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing in the Gyanvapi Masjid case after a lawyer fell ill. Also, the counsel representing the Hindu petitioners said that the Varanasi court will continue to hear the matter on May 23.
The report of a video survey ordered by the civil judge was submitted yesterday in three sealed boxes and a chip with hundreds of video clips and photographs. The filming inside the centuries-old mosque was challenged by the Gyanvapi mosque committee before the Supreme Court. The Muslim petitioners said the filming goes against the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which maintains the religious status of any place of worship as of August 15, 1947. “Such petitions and sealing of mosques will lead to public mischief and communal disharmony, will affect mosques across the country,” argued the mosque committee, whereas the Hindu petitioners said the petition should be scrapped.
The Supreme Court also took a stern view of “selective leaks” to the press and said they must stop. This came after the details of the video filming were released hours after it was handed over to the Varanasi court. “We need a sense of balance and calm on the ground. We need a degree of healing touch. We are on a joint mission for preserving a sense of balance in the country,” Justice Chandrachud said.