Supreme Court Declines Stay on Gyanvapi Mosque Prayer Decision: Dispute Over Hindu Prayers Continues

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By Sunil Chaudhary

In a significant development in the ongoing legal battle over the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi, the Supreme Court has declined to issue a stay on the Allahabad High Court’s decision permitting Hindu prayers in the southern cellar of the mosque. Here are the latest updates on this contentious issue:

Supreme Court Declines Stay on Gyanvapi Mosque Prayer Decision: Dispute Over Hindu Prayers Continues

Supreme Court Refuses Stay:

On Monday, the Supreme Court made a pivotal decision by refusing to grant a stay on the Allahabad High Court’s ruling, which upheld a lower court’s order allowing Hindu prayers in the cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. This decision comes amidst heated debates and legal wrangling surrounding the dispute over religious rights and heritage preservation.

Legal Proceedings Unfold:

The dispute dates back to a trial court’s decision on January 31st, which permitted Hindu priests to conduct prayers in the southern cellar of the mosque complex, adjacent to the revered Kashi Vishwanath temple. The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee contested this decision, leading to a series of legal battles culminating in the Allahabad High Court’s dismissal of their plea in February.

Notice Issued by Supreme Court:

While refusing to grant a stay, the Supreme Court has issued a notice on a plea filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee challenging the Allahabad High Court’s decision. This notice signifies a continuation of the legal proceedings and indicates that the matter remains far from resolved.

Controversy Surrounding the Decision:

The dispute over Hindu prayers in the Gyanvapi mosque complex has been mired in controversy, with divergent opinions on religious rights, historical significance, and legal interpretations. The district court’s ruling, which cited an Archaeological Survey of India’s report suggesting the presence of a Hindu temple prior to the mosque’s construction, has added fuel to the fire, intensifying the debate over heritage preservation and religious harmony.

Conclusion:

As the legal saga surrounding the Gyanvapi mosque complex unfolds, the Supreme Court’s decision not to issue a stay on the Allahabad High Court’s ruling marks another chapter in this contentious dispute. The clash between religious sentiments, legal interpretations, and historical narratives underscores the complexity of India’s cultural and legal landscape, with ramifications that extend far beyond the confines of Varanasi.

Stay tuned for further updates as this story continues to evolve and shape the discourse surrounding religious rights and heritage preservation in India

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