Gyanvapi Masjid: The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday the petition against the survey of the Gyanvapi campus of Varanasi. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha will hear the matter. The petition has been filed on behalf of the Management Committee of Anjuman Inazaniya Masjid, Varanasi. It has been said in the petition that the order of the survey issued by the lower court is against the Places of Worship Act of 1991.
Allahabad High Court’s order of April 21 has been challenged in the petition of Anjuman Inazaniya Masjid. On that day, the High Court refused to stay the order of the lower court to appoint a court commissioner to survey the mosque premises. The petitioner has argued that under the Places of Worship Act, it is mandatory to maintain the status of all religious places as on 15 August 1947. Only the Ayodhya dispute was an exception in this law. While giving its verdict on the Ayodhya case, the Supreme Court had also said that the Place of Worship Act of 1991 is applicable to all religious places. But despite this, survey is being conducted in the Gyanvapi mosque complex of Varanasi.
A case is pending since 1991 on the Gyanvapi issue.
It has also been said in the petition that a case is pending since 1991 on the Gyanvapi issue. In that case also an order for ASI survey of the premises was issued, but on September 9 last year, the High Court had stayed that order. A new petition was filed in 2021 itself, in which permission was sought for worship of Shringar Gauri. Hearing this, the Civil Court of Varanasi appointed a court commissioner to survey the mosque. When the High Court had put a stay on the survey of ASI, then it was wrong to order another survey, but this time the High Court did not stop it.
The petition filed through advocate Fuzail Ahmed Ayubi has sought a stay on the survey. On Friday, the matter was placed before the bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana for seeking hearing. After that, due to the holiday of 3 days in the Supreme Court, the petition is being heard on Tuesday. Now the survey work has been completed. In such a situation, the petitioners can demand that the Supreme Court immediately stays the further action of the lower court.
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