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Gyanvapi case: Plea demanding FIR against mosque authorities to be heard on June 23

Varanasi Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who ordered video survey of mosque premises, among 619 judges transferred by Allahabad HC

Sabrangindia 22 Jun 2022

Gyanvapi

A Varanasi district court is all set to hear on June 23, a revision petition moved by the Vishwa Vaidik Sanatan Sangh (VVSS), that demands that a First Information Report (FIR) be filed against the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM), the committee that manages the Gyanvapi mosque.

SabrangIndia had reported previously how VVSS, led by Jitendra Singh ‘Visen’ alleges that the AIM has damaged the basic structure of the Lord Visheshwar temple located on the mosque premises, and demanded that the FIR be filed as per provisions of the Places of Worship Act. VVSS had first moved the court of the special chief judicial magistrate, but it rejected this petition. On June 14, VVSS moved the district court, but as the district judge was on leave, the application was moved before the court of the Additional District Judge (II) and it was admitted. This matter has now been admitted by the court and will be heard on June 23.

Readers would recall that VVSS had moved another petition on May 24, demanding a ban on the entry of Muslims in the Gyanvapi premises. But this petition that was originally moved before the court of civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, was subsequently transferred on May 25 by District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha to the fast-track court of civil judge (senior division) Mahendra Kumar Pandey.

This was after the Supreme Court transferred the case involving maintainability of the suit under Order 7 Rule 11 of the Civil Procedure Code from the court of judge Diwakar to the district judge. That matter is scheduled to be heard on July 4, while the matter in the fast-track court will be heard next on July 8. 

In related developments, civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who had originally ordered the video survey of the mosque premises, and also ordered that the mosque area be sealed after a “Shivling” was found in the Wazu Khana (ablution tank) has now been transferred. Diwakar had been receiving death threats in wake of his decisions. The transfer notification was issued by the Registrar General on June 20, and pertains to transfers of 213 civil judges (junior division), 285 additional district and sessions judges, and 121 civil judges (Senior division), reported Times of India. Diwakar is among 619 judicial officers transferred. He is to assume his next charge at the Bareilly district court by July 4.

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Gyanvapi case: VVSS demands FIR against mosque authorities

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Gyanvapi case: District court adjourns hearings in maintainability suit till July 4

Gyanvapi case: Hearing continues on provisions of Order 7 Rule 11 of CPC

Gyanvapi case: Two Kashi Vishwanath Mahants debunk ‘Shivling’ claims

Gyanvapi case: Plea demanding FIR against mosque authorities to be heard on June 23

Varanasi Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who ordered video survey of mosque premises, among 619 judges transferred by Allahabad HC

Gyanvapi

A Varanasi district court is all set to hear on June 23, a revision petition moved by the Vishwa Vaidik Sanatan Sangh (VVSS), that demands that a First Information Report (FIR) be filed against the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM), the committee that manages the Gyanvapi mosque.

SabrangIndia had reported previously how VVSS, led by Jitendra Singh ‘Visen’ alleges that the AIM has damaged the basic structure of the Lord Visheshwar temple located on the mosque premises, and demanded that the FIR be filed as per provisions of the Places of Worship Act. VVSS had first moved the court of the special chief judicial magistrate, but it rejected this petition. On June 14, VVSS moved the district court, but as the district judge was on leave, the application was moved before the court of the Additional District Judge (II) and it was admitted. This matter has now been admitted by the court and will be heard on June 23.

Readers would recall that VVSS had moved another petition on May 24, demanding a ban on the entry of Muslims in the Gyanvapi premises. But this petition that was originally moved before the court of civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, was subsequently transferred on May 25 by District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha to the fast-track court of civil judge (senior division) Mahendra Kumar Pandey.

This was after the Supreme Court transferred the case involving maintainability of the suit under Order 7 Rule 11 of the Civil Procedure Code from the court of judge Diwakar to the district judge. That matter is scheduled to be heard on July 4, while the matter in the fast-track court will be heard next on July 8. 

In related developments, civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who had originally ordered the video survey of the mosque premises, and also ordered that the mosque area be sealed after a “Shivling” was found in the Wazu Khana (ablution tank) has now been transferred. Diwakar had been receiving death threats in wake of his decisions. The transfer notification was issued by the Registrar General on June 20, and pertains to transfers of 213 civil judges (junior division), 285 additional district and sessions judges, and 121 civil judges (Senior division), reported Times of India. Diwakar is among 619 judicial officers transferred. He is to assume his next charge at the Bareilly district court by July 4.

Related:

Gyanvapi case: VVSS demands FIR against mosque authorities

Gyanvapi Case: Varanasi Court rejects plea seeking permission to worship alleged ‘Shivling’ inside the mosque

Gyanvapi case: Survey report findings leaked despite court’s warning

Gyanvapi case: District court adjourns hearings in maintainability suit till July 4

Gyanvapi case: Hearing continues on provisions of Order 7 Rule 11 of CPC

Gyanvapi case: Two Kashi Vishwanath Mahants debunk ‘Shivling’ claims

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