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Supreme Court to hear Hindu party’s plea for consolidation of suits on April 21 in Gyanvapi-Kashi Vishwanath case

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The Supreme Court has decided to hear the plea filed by the Hindu parties to consolidate all suits concerning Gyanvapi Kashi Vishwanath dispute which are pending before the Varanasi Court on April 21.

The case was mentioned before the bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala for urgent listing by by advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain.

The Advocarte said that the Varanasi district court was not passing an order on the issue.

The Top court then assured the petitioner that the case will not be deleted from the list on its upcoming date of hearing.

The Gyanvapi dispute began soon after the Hindu devotees approached a civil court claiming the right to worship inside the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque, on the premise that it was a Hindu temple and still houses Hindu deities.

A survey of the mosque was ordered by the civil court under an advocate commissioner. The advocate commissioner then conducted the videographed survey and submitted a report to the civil court.

The Hindu parties on the basis of the survey claimed that one of the objects discovered at the site is a Shivling while the Muslim parties have disputed the same and said that it is only a water fountain.

The suit before the civil court then was transferred to the District Judge by the Supreme Court on May 20 in view of the sensitivity of the issue involved.

The District Court, held that the suit was not barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.

A Varanasi court found that the suit filed by Hindu parties seeking possessory rights over Gyanvapi Mosque maintainable.

This decision was appealed before the High Court by the by Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid which reserved its verdict in December.

The High Court also asked the Director General of ASI to submit his opinion on whether carbon dating, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), excavation and other methods to determine the age of the disputed object at Gyanvapi mosque, would damage the object.

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