Court seeks govt response on plea to worship deities inside Gyanvapi mosque complex

Varanasi: Varanasi court has sought the response of the UP government, Gyanvapi mosque management committee, and Kashi Vishwanath temple trust on the plea filed by five Hindu women seeking the right to worship deities inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

The plea, led by a Hindu woman Rakhi Singh, said that the devotees have the right to worship the deities, visible or invisible, inside the complex.

Their advocates, Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Shankar Jain, argued in court that the original Kashi Vishwanath temple complex was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during his regime.

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Jain further added that the defendants should be ordered not to interfere in the fundamental religious rights of the plaintiffs’ which included decorating idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, Devi Gauri and Nandi in the temple.

He requested the court to pass a temporary injunction directing defendants not to damage the idols.

Justice Ravi Kumar Diwakar, Senior Civil Judge, has set September 10 for the resolution of objections.

“In the present case, the government of UP has been made a defendant by the plaintiffs. Therefore, it is necessary to hear the defendant. The plaintiffs should plead for notice on the defendants within three days,” he said.

It may be mentioned that in February 2021, a suit was filed to restore the worshipping of deities in the mosque complex. In April, the court allowed an ASI survey of the mosque. A five-member team including two Muslims was appointed for the same.

A petition seeking a stay on the survey was later filed in Allahabad High Court.

With inputs from agencies

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