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Gyanvapi row: Varanasi court upholds maintainability, hearing to continue 

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The Varanasi Districts and Sessions Court upheld the Hindu side’s petition in the Gyanvapi mosque complex case on Monday.

Five women had petitioned for permission to worship Hindu deities whose idols are said to be located on an outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque. The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee has stated that the Gyanvapi mosque is a Waqf property and has questioned the petition’s viability.

The Muslim side’s petition was rejected by the Varanasi District Court on Monday. The court ruled that the Hindu parties’ suit was maintainable in court. The court has scheduled a hearing on September 22 and will now hear arguments on the merits.

The verdict in the Gyanvapi Shrinagar Gauri dispute case was delivered today by a single bench of district Judge AK Vishvesh.

“The court rejected the Muslim side’s petition and said the suit is maintainable. The next hearing of the case is on September 22,” advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side, said. 

“Muslim petitioners are likely to approach Allahabad High Court on appeal,” petitioner Sohan Lal Arya told India Today.

“It’s a win for the Hindu community. The next hearing is on Sept 22. It’s a foundation stone for the Gyanvapi temple. Appeal to people to maintain peace,” Sohan Lal Arya told ANI. 

“A team of legal experts will explain the court’s decision in detail, and then the next course of action will be taken.” Whatever the Supreme Court said about the place of worship in the Babri Masjid case, we were hopeful that all issues concerning temples and mosques would be resolved,” Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli, Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, told India Today.

The court issued its decision on the suit challenging the title to the Gyanvapi mosque and the land surrounding it.

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