Gyanvapi case: Allahabad HC rejects plea against Hindu Puja in Vyas Tehkhana

Allahabad High Court dismissed plea challenging order allowing Hindu parties to offer Puja in Gyanvapi complex's 'Vyas Tehkhan.'

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Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the order permitting Hindu parties to offer puja in the 'Vyas tehkhana' of the Gyanvapi complex. 

 

What Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal said

The highly anticipated judgment was given by Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal. He said, "After going through the entire records of the case and after considering arguments of the the parties concerned, the court did not find any ground to interfere in the judment passed by the district judge on 17 January, 2024 appointing DM, Varanasi as receiver of the property as well as the order dated 31 January, 2024 by which the district court had permitted Puja in the Tehkhana".

Muslim side challenged the order

The Allahabad High Court delivered the verdict on an appeal filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee (AIMC) in which the Muslim side challenged the order of Varanasi District Judge allowing Hindu devotees to offer prayers inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex. 

On January 31, the Varanasi district court allowed the Hindu side to offer prayers in the southern cellar of Gyanvapi mosque. So, on February 1, religious rituals took place on the mosque premises at midnight. Subsequently, the southern cellar was opened to devotees. 

Following the development, the mosque committee filed a ple in the high court on February 2, shortly after the Supreme Court declined to hear its appeal against the Varanasi district court's decision and directed it to seek relief from the high court.