Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Gyanvapi case: Allahabad HC to hear plea challenging maintainability of suit, order to keep ASI alive

The Allahabad High Court will hear on Friday a plea filed by the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board and the Gyanvapi Masjid Management Committee, challenging the maintainability of a suit pending before a court in Varanasi, seeking restoration of a temple at the site of the mosque. has sought. , The petitioners have also challenged the Varanasi court’s order dated April 8, 2021, directing the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a comprehensive survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

News agency PTI reported that on November 28, 2022, Justice Prakash Padia reserved his decision in the matter after hearing both the sides in detail. However, in his order dated May 24, Justice Padia said further clarification was required from the counsel for the parties. Considering this, the matter was posted along with other connected matters for further hearing on Friday, the PTI report said.

The High Court had earlier reserved its order on the maintainability of the suit pending in the Varanasi court. Now the court will hear together all the matters related to the maintainability of the suit and the order of ASI’s survey.

On April 8, 2021, the Varanasi court, while hearing a case seeking restoration of the temple at the Gyanvapi mosque site, directed the ASI to conduct a comprehensive survey of the mosque complex.

Subsequently, the Varanasi court’s order was challenged before the High Court by Anjuman Intejamia Masjid (AIM), Gyanvapi Management Committee and the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board.

The High Court had stayed the order of the Varanasi Court on September 9, 2021. During the pendency of the matter, the stay order was extended from time to time.

Hearing a petition filed by AIM and the Waqf Board, Justice Padia reserved its judgment for November 28, 2022 and directed that the interim stay on the Varanasi court’s order allowing the ASI to survey the mosque premises shall continue till the delivery. Of the decision

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