Gyanvapi Case: Varanasi Court to Hear Matter on August 18

On August 18, the Varanasi district court will hear the Shringar Gauri-Gyanvapi case.
Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee filed a plea with the court on Thursday, requesting at least 15 days’ worth of time due to Advocate Abhay Nath Yadav’s passing and the fact that all of his paperwork is locked inside of his chamber.

Last month, the Supreme Court postponed the appeal brought by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee until the first week of October, stating that it would wait for the Varanasi court’s ruling on the Committee’s argument challenging the maintainability of the lawsuit brought by Hindu women.

A request to provide water to the “Shivling,” said to be located in the Gyanvapi mosque, was likewise rejected by a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and PS Narasimha.

The panel ruled that such requests cannot be granted while the case is still ongoing. According to the argument, Hindus may be permitted to do puja and exercise their rights because the month of “Shravana” has begun.

Another petition was rejected by seven ladies asking for carbon dating and ground penetrating radar examination of a Shivling found within the Gyanvapi Mosque.

On May 20, the Supreme Court issued an order transferring the civil judge’s civil case involving prayer at the Gyanvapi mosque to the Varanasi District Judge.

To protect the area where the Shivling was discovered and to allow Muslims access for namaz, had ordered that the interim order from May 17 remain in effect until the maintainability of the suit is decided and then for an additional eight weeks to allow parties to pursue legal remedies.

According to the request made by the Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Varanasi, the District Judge should determine whether the civil lawsuit filed in Gyanvapi-Kashi Vishwanath on a matter of priority may be maintained.

The Allahabad High Court’s judgment allowing a court-appointed commissioner to visit, perform a survey, and take a video of the Gyanvapi mosque, to which both Hindus and Muslims have claimed the right to worship, was appealed by the Committee that oversees the mosque at the highest court.