Hearings in the Gyanvapi Mosque case will continue today in the Supreme Court and a district court in Varanasi.
The lawsuit stems from a petition asking for permission for Hindus to worship on the grounds of the Gyanvapi Mosque, which was once part of the Kashi Vishwanath temple before being razed in the 16th century.
The case could not be heard in the Varanasi court because district lawyers were on strike in response to comments made by a government official. Until now, the Muslim side has denied the presence of Shivling within the Gyanvapi Mosque grounds.
However, the Muslim side claimed that the Wuzukhana was a ‘fountain’ after the court ordered its sealing following the supposed finding.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ordered that the alleged location of the Shivling be ‘safeguarded,’ without interfering with Muslim prayers.
Amidst the communal controversy, AIMIM chairman Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Gyanvapi Mosque issue on Wednesday, saying the ruling party at the Centre wants to return the country to the 1990s, when riots erupted.
The AIMIM chairman also criticized a court’s judgment in Varanasi that ordered the space of the Gyanvapi mosque to be shut after the Hindu side claimed to have discovered a “Shivling” during the survey, saying the order was “wrong.”
Meanwhile, Sunil Ambekar, the Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), stated on Wednesday that the time has come to bring historical facts in the proper context before society.