A Varanasi district court on Wednesday transferred to a fast-track court, a petition filed by a Hindutva organisation seeking to ban Muslims from entering the Gyanvapi mosque complex, NDTV reported on Wednesday.
The organisation has also demanded that Hindus should be allowed to worship a shivling – a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva – that was allegedly found at the site during a video survey.
District court judge A K Vishevesh ordered the transfer to a fast-track court which will take up the matter on May 30, PTI reported.
The plea has been filed by Kiran Singh, international general secretary of the Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh, before Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, the Hindustan Times reported. The judge is slated to hear the plea on Wednesday.
On May 20, a suit filed by Hindu plaintiffs seeking to offer prayers at the back of the western wall of the Gyanvapi mosque was transferred from Diwakar’s court to Varanasi district court by the Supreme Court citing the complexity of the matter. The plaintiffs have claimed that an image of the Hindu deity Shringar Gauri exists at the site.
The Supreme Court had also directed the district judge to decide on priority an application filed by the Gyanvapi mosque committee on the maintainability of the suit filed by the Hindu petitioners.
The mosque committee had filed the application under Order 7 Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure, which allows a petition to be dismissed if it does not show a cause of action or is barred by law.
On Tuesday, the district court said that it will hear the mosque committee’s application on May 26.
The court directed both the Hindu and Muslim litigants to file any objections within seven days to the report of a commission that carried out a video survey of the mosque.
A court-appointed surveyor reported that an oval object had been found in the tank of the Muslim place of worship. Hindu petitioners claimed it is a shivling, a symbolic representation of Hindu deity Shiva. Muslims, however, say that the object is actually a fountain.