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SC permits cleaning of water tank in mosque complex in Varanasi

The Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday allowed a plea moved by Hindu girls plaintiffs for cleansing the water tank within the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi which is positioned in an space that has been sealed.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra ordered the cleansing of the water tank below the supervision of the Varanasi district Justice of the Peace.

The route got here after Further Solicitor Common Madhavi Divan, showing within the courtroom on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh authorities, sought permission for the cleansing of the tank, saying there have been lifeless fish in it.

The highest courtroom additionally famous in its order {that a} related plea has been filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, the administration physique of the mosque, earlier than a trial courtroom in Varanasi.

The Varanasi district courtroom had, on July 21 final 12 months, directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a “detailed scientific survey” — together with excavations, wherever obligatory — to find out if the mosque positioned subsequent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple was constructed upon a temple.

The mosque’s “wazukhana” (a small reservoir the place devotees carry out ritual ablutions), the place a construction claimed by the Hindu litigants to be a “Shivling” exists, won’t be a part of the survey, following an earlier Supreme Courtroom order defending that spot within the mosque complicated.

Hindu activists declare {that a} temple existed earlier on the web site and was demolished within the seventeenth century on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

A videographic survey of the Gyanvapi complicated, positioned subsequent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, was carried out final 12 months through which it was revealed what the Hindu aspect claimed was a ‘Shivling’ contained in the mosque premises. Nevertheless, the Muslim aspect has insisted that the construction is merely a fountain.

The ‘Wazu’ space of the Gyanvapi mosque is the centre of the Gyanvapi mosque-Kashi Vishwanath temple dispute between Hindus and Muslim events within the case for the reason that Hindu events declare that ‘Shivling’ has been present in that spot, nevertheless, the Muslim aspect disputed the identical and stated that it is just a water fountain.

With inputs from PTI.



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