The Allahabad High Court has made a significant ruling in the Gyanvapi Shrinagar Gauri case, as it rejected the plea of the Anjuman Intezamia Committee, representing the Muslim side. The committee challenged the maintainability of the Hindu side’s case, which had sought permission for daily worship of Hindu deities in the Gyanvapi mosque.
In a crucial decision, the high court dismissed the mosque committee’s challenge against the suit filed by five Hindu women worshippers that is currently pending before the Varanasi court. Last year in December, after hearing arguments from both parties, Justice J.J. Munir reserved the judgment, which has now upheld the Varanasi court’s September 12, 2022 order declaring the suit to be maintainable.
Following the dismissal of their plea in the Varanasi court, the Masjid Committee had approached the Allahabad High Court in October 2022. The committee’s plea had challenged the maintainability of the suit filed by the five Hindu women under Order 7 Rule 11 CPC, seeking worshipping rights in the Gyanvapi compound.
Varanasi District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishwesha, in his order, stated that the plaintiffs’ suit is not barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, The Waqf Act 1995, and the U.P. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Act, 1983, contrary to the claims made by the Anjuman Masjid Committee, which manages Gyanvapi Masjid. The recent ruling by the Allahabad High Court has affirmed the validity of the suit filed by the Hindu worshippers, further shaping the course of the ongoing legal proceedings.