Shivling at Gyanvapi worshipped for ages: Hindu side

One-liner: Hindu plaintiffs in the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri temple case on Friday submitted in a district court in Varanasi that the Shivling claimed to have been found there during a videography survey was worshipped for centuries.

Arguments presented: Presenting the arguments on the maintainability of the case, the counsel for the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, said Adivishweshwar had appeared on his own.

Worshipped for centuries: He had been worshipped there for centuries but later the idol was hidden, Yadav said, adding that the advocates for the Hindu side argued that no roof is needed to offer namaz and it can be read anywhere.  

No evidence from Muslim side: The Muslim side has not been able to present any evidence that the land of the Gyanvapi complex belongs to the Waqf Board.

Arguments completed: District Govt Counsel Rana Sanjeev Singh said advocates Harishankar Jain and Vishnu Jain completed arguments on behalf of plaintiffs no. 2, 3, 4 and 5. Now, the court will hear the arguments of litigant no.1, Rakhi Singh, on Monday

  • He said only those concerned with the case are allowed in the court during the hearing and no recording of it is being done

Bottom line: Rakhi Singh and others had filed a petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an outer wall of the mosque but the Muslim side had urged the court to dismiss the case.  

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