The Varanasi district court on Thursday asked the Gyanvapi mosque management to file its objection to a petition seeking carbon-dating of the “shivalinga” found inside the temple premises by the next date of hearing in the matter.
Judge AK Special fixed September 29 as the next date of hearing in the case related to the Gyanvapi Masjid-Shringar Gauri dispute.
The court resumed hearing in the matter on Thursday after dismissing the petition questioning the maintainability of the petition on September 12.
The petition has sought the court’s permission to worship the idols of Hindu deities located on the outer wall of the mosque on a daily basis.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, appearing for the plaintiff women, placed the demand for carbon-dating of the “Shivling” before the court. District government counsel Rana Sanjeev Singh said the judge asked the mosque management to register its objection to the petition and fixed September 29 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
He said that the court did not consider the petition of the mosque management to fix the next hearing eight weeks after the last date of hearing of the case, September 12.
The plaintiffs had earlier claimed that the “Shivling” was found in the mosque complex near the “Vazukhana” – a small reservoir used by Muslims to perform rituals before offering prayers. However, the mosque management had said that it was part of the fountain system of “Wazukhana”.
A total of 15 people had submitted applications in the court to become parties to the dispute. The judge said the applications of only eight people, who appeared before the court, would be considered, Singh said.
Five women have filed a petition seeking permission to worship the idols of Hindu deities located on the outer wall of the mosque on a daily basis.
The Anjuman Intejamiya Masjid Committee has said that the mosque is the property of the Waqf. It had earlier questioned the sustainability of the petition.
The committee looks after the affairs of the mosque.
The mosque is located next to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the case claimed that the mosque was constructed on a part of a Hindu structure on the orders of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The Supreme Court had directed the district court to first decide on a case filed by five Hindu women seeking permission to perform daily pujas in front of Shringar Gauri idols.
The Masjid Committee had approached the apex court, arguing that their plea was not maintainable as the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 had said that the character of such places should remain as they were at the time of independence. was. The 1991 Act had given exemption only for the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.