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Varanasi: The trial of the Gnanavabi case resumes today in the Varanasi District and Sessions Court. The court had earlier ruled that a petition by five Hindu women to pray inside the Gnanavabi Masjid in Varanasi, next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, was legally valid.
Dismissing the Anjuman Intejamia Masjid Committee’s plea, District Judge AK Visvesh said the plaintiffs’ case was based on the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, the Waqf Act, 1995 and the U.P. Held that it was not barred by Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Act, 1983.
The Anjuman Intejamia Masjid Committee used the Places of Worship (Special Provision) Act, 1991, which protects places of worship from being altered, to protect the Gnanawabi Masjid. It further contended that the entire property belonged to the Waqf Board and therefore the court had no jurisdiction over that area.
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Earlier, the lower court had ordered a video inspection of the premises. The survey work was completed on May 16 and the report was filed in the court on May 19.
The Hindu side told the lower court that a Shivalinga was found during video surveillance of the Gyanwabi Masjid-Shiringar Gowri complex, but the Muslim side objected.
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