Gyanvapi: New Suit for Permission to Worship 'Shivling' Transferred to Fast-Track Court

The fresh plea has been filed by one Kiran Singh who has sought no hindrance in worshipping the 'shivling' allegedly discovered at the mosque.
May 25, 2022 | The Wire Staff

New Delhi: A new suit asking for permission to worship the ‘shivling’ reportedly found at the Gyanvapi Mosque has been transferred to a fast-track court.

LiveLaw has reported that the matter was transferred from the court of the Civil Judge (Senior Division) to that of the Civil Judge (Senior Division) of the fast track court, Mahendra Pandey.

The fresh plea has been filed by one Kiran Singh who has sought no hindrance from the mosque committee in worshipping the ‘shivling’ allegedly discovered at the mosque.

The plea seeks an exemption from complying with Section 80 (2) Criminal Procedure Code, according to LiveLaw, “as they can’t give mandatory 60 days’ notice to the state government as the matter is urgent in nature.”

This matter will be heard on May 30.

The Varanasi district court is already hearing the mosque committee’s application against a suit filed by five Hindu women claiming that the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi houses Hindu deities and that Hindus should be allowed to pray at the site.

A commission appointed by a lower court to do a survey and videograph the mosque told that court that a shivling’ had been found within the mosque premises, following which Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar ordered that the area where it was found be sealed.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, instructed that the area where the ‘shivling’ was found should be protected but without impeding the access of Muslim devotees.

The apex court then transferred the case to the district judge.

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