Gyanvapi Mosque Latest News – Court’s Verdict, Key Details, What Next? – GMRIT


At present the latest issue is that the local Varanasi Court has provided permission to Hindus to conduct prayers inside the Gyanvapi mosque.

Gyanvapi Mosque Latest News

Various petitions in different courts involving the Supreme Court, Allahabad High Court, and the Varanasi district court have addressed various angles of this dispute.

Recently the court of Varanasi called for investigation in scientific manner through the ASI including ground-penetrating radar surveys and excavation faced a temporary pause from the Supreme Court.

Gyanvapi Mosque Court’s Verdict

The Varanasi Court on Thursday fixed 15th Feb 2024 as the date for hearing the Gyanvapi Masjid committee’s plea against the recently permitted puja within a cellar of the mosque, the Hindu side council said.

Advocate MM Yadav said that he told District judge Anil Kumar that since the Allahabad High Court was scheduled to hear the matter on 12th Feb there was no relevance within district court to hear it.

The court then posted the matter for Feb 15th. Besides filling an appeal on Friday last against Varanasi district court permitting Hindu prayers in the Southern cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque.

The Anjuman Intezamia has also moved an application against it in Allahabad High Court.

The Allahabad High Court had on Wednesday posted to Feb 12th the hearing on the plea challenging the Varanasi District court order that permits the Hindu prayers within the cellar of Gyanvapi.

Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal heard both Hindu and Muslim sides on the Gyanvapi mosque committee’s appeal and posted the matter for 12th Feb.

The mosque committee had moved the High Court on 2nd Feb within hours of the Supreme Court refusing to hear its plea against Varanasi district court order and asking it to approach the high court.

Gyanvapi Mosque Key Details

Some of the Key details of Gyanvapi Case are given below –

  • The final hearing fixed by the Varanasi Court is on February 15th 2024.
  • The Gyanvapi Masjid is located next to the popular of Hindu Shrine of Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
  • Gyanvapi controversy began in 1991 when a group of local priests sought permission to worship in Gyanvapi complex and claimed that the mosque was built on a demolished part of Kashi Vishwanath temple in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
  • The matter regarding Gyanvapi mosque was reignited after the petitioners in 2019 demanded an archeological survey of Gyanvapi complex.
  • The Archeological study of the complex being done through Archeological survey of India was stayed by Allahabad High Court.
  • Videography of the mosque was ordered latterly from judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar on the plea of some women petitioners.
  • They sought to perform worship of lord Ganesh, Nandi Idols and others who are said to be located in the mosque. The petitioners also asked the court to stop opponents from causing damage to the idols.
  • The council from Muslim side made an argument that the courts are not allowed the videography within the mosque and only outside the barricade till the courtyard.
  • The council of Muslim alleged bias from the side of Ajay Kumar Mishra and he is the commissioner of Survey, he is appointed by the court and alleged that he tried to take video from a mosque inside which is against court permission.
  • The Court of Varanasi in its latest order said that commissioner of court Ajay Kumar Mishra will not be changed and two other commissioners will join the Archeological Survey of mosques.
  • The basement of Gyanvapi mosque will be opened as per guidelines of court. 

What Next?

After the consideration of different sources and making research it is understood that the committee of Gyanvapi is going to handover their mosque to Hindus also without making any discrimination.

According to me this is a good decision which will effectively enhance the popularity of this mosque.

The Gyanvapi mosque dispute in Varanasi includes religious and historical significance. Adjacent to the reserved Kashi Vishwanath Temple, it is disputed whether the mosque was built upon its ruins by Aurangzeb.

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