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Supreme Court to hear plea seeking permission to worship Shivling found in Gyanvapi Mosque complex on July 21

The Supreme Court has finally agreed to list the plea allowing the worship of Shivling stated to be found in the premises of the Gyanvapi mosque during its survey on July 21.

In his writ petition, Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mentioned that the writ petition was filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to be listed before the Chief Justice of India.

The petition has been filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee (which manages the Gyanvapi mosque at Varanasi), challenging the survey order by the Varanasi Civil Court for the mosque, which is listed on July 21.

The petitioner said the petition to allow darshan and pooja of the Shivling which has been found in the complex and also to direct the ASI to do carbon dating.

Advocate Jain said that petition filed by Masjid Committee challenging the commission survey is also coming up on July 21, so it is requested to list it along with that.

The CJI has agreed to list the matter on July 21 along with the Masjid committee’s matter, before a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha.

The Apex Court had directed for continuation of its interim order dated May 17 by which it clarified that the Varanasi Court’s order to protect the spot where a “shivling” was claimed to have been found would not restrict the right of Muslims to access the mosque to offer namaz and to perform religious observances.

The Supreme Court had in the meanwhile also transferred the suit filed by Hindu women seeking right to worship deities in the masjid premises to the Varanasi District Court from the Civil Judge Junior Division.

The hearing in the suit is progressing in the Varanasi District Court.

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