Shivling found at Gyanvapi mosque complex worshipped for centuries: Hindu side in court

Image Source : PTI File Picture | Security personnel keep vigil outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi

Highlights

  • Counsel for the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, said “Adivishweshwar” had appeared on his own
  • The Hindu side had claimed that the Shivling was found during the videography survey
  • The next hearing is on Monday, July 18.

Gyanvapi row: The Hindu side fighting the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri temple case on Friday submitted in a district court that the Shviling, which was found inside the mosque during the videography, was worshipped for centuries. The lawyers also claimed that the Shivling was later hidden. The next hearing is on Monday, July 18.

Presenting the arguments on the maintainability of the case, the counsel for the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, said “Adivishweshwar” had appeared on his own.

He had been worshipped there for centuries but later the idol of was hidden, Yadav said, adding that the advocates for the Hindu side argued that no roof is needed to offer namaz and it can be read anywhere.

The Muslim side has not been able to present any evidence that the land of the Gyanvapi complex belongs to the Waqf Board, hence, this case is fully maintainable, Yadav said.

District Government Counsel Rana Sanjeev Singh said advocates Harishankar Jain and Vishnu Jain completed arguments on behalf of plaintiffs no.

2, 3, 4 and 5. Now, the court will hear the arguments of litigant no.1, Rakhi Singh, on Monday.

He said only those concerned with the case are allowed in the court during the hearing and no recording of it is being done.

Rakhi Singh and others had filed a petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an outer wall of the mosque but the Muslim side had urged the court to dismiss the case.

A lower court later ordered a videography survey of the complex. The survey work was completed on May 16 and the report was presented in the court on May 19.

The Hindu side had claimed in the court that a Shivling was found during the videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex. On the Supreme Court’s order, the matter is now being heard by the district court.

(With inputs from PTI)

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