Gyanvapi case: disappointing – The Muslim Law Council in court

The Muslim Law Council called the court’s order in the Gyanvapi case “disappointing”.

New Delhi:

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Monday called the Varanasi District Court’s decision on the maintainability of the Gyanvapi case “disappointing”, and urged the government to implement the 1991 law on the premises. of worship (special provisions) with all its force.

The Varanasi District Court said on Monday it would continue to hear a petition seeking daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an exterior wall of the Gyanvapi Masjid, rejecting the mosque committee’s argument that which the case is not admissible.

In a statement, AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani said the district judge’s preliminary ruling was “disappointing and saddening”.

Rahmani said that amid the Babri Masjid controversy in 1991, Parliament had approved that the status quo in all religious places except Babri Masjid would be maintained as in 1947, and that no dispute in against it would not be valid.

Then, in the Babri Masjid case, the Supreme Court upheld the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 and declared it mandatory, he pointed out.

“But despite this, those who want to serve hatred and who do not care about the unity of this country, have raised the issue of Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi and it is a pity that the district judge court ignored the law of 1991 and authorized the petition,” Mr. Rahmani said.

“Now this sad phase has come where the court initially accepted the claim of the Hindu groups and paved the way for them. This is a painful thing for the country and the people,” he said.

This will affect the unity of the country and harm community harmony, Rahmani said.

The government should fully implement the 1991 law, all parties should be bound by this law and a situation should not arise where minorities are frustrated with the justice system and feel that all doors of justice are open to them. closed, he said. in a report.

District Judge AK Vishvesh dismissed the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee’s motion questioning the maintainability of the case, which reignited the dispute between Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Masjid.

In addition, the High Court of Allahabad which hears another case dating from 1991 on the dispute temple-mosque fixed Monday at September 28 its next hearing.

The mosque is located next to the iconic temple and the Varanasi court case has revived claims that the mosque was built on part of the Hindu structure demolished on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

The Supreme Court had ordered the District Court to rule first on the maintainability of the case, brought by five Hindu women seeking permission to offer daily prayers in front of Shringar Gauri idols.

The mosque committee had approached the court, arguing that their plea was not admissible as the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 required that the character of such places remain as it was at independence . for the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.

The Varanasi District Court has now ruled that the 1991 law does not apply in this case — where worshipers seek permission to worship idols they claim are already installed there on a daily basis. Already, they are authorized to offer prayers there once a year, had argued their lawyers.

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