Kashi Vishwanath Temple said in High Court – Waqf law does not apply to disputed property

Kashi Vishwanath- Gyanvapi issue: During the further hearing on Thursday in the Allahabad High Court on the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Masjid issue, the lawyer appearing for the temple argued that the disputed property is not the property of the Waqf. And the provisions of the Waqf Act do not apply here. The advocate further said, ‘‘When the Waqf Act of 1995 came into force, there was a provision in this law to re-register the Waqf property, but the disputed property was never re-registered under the Waqf Act, 1995. Went. Therefore, the disputed property is not the property of the Waqf and the provisions of this Act do not apply here.’’ 

Earlier, on April 12, the temple’s counsel had argued that this temple of Lord Vishweshwara has been in existence since ancient times and the deity is seated within the disputed structure. Even if the temple has been destroyed in any way, its religious character has never changed. Therefore, Section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 does not apply here as there was an ancient temple and it was constructed before the 15th century. Section 4 of the Places of Worship Act prohibits the filing of any suit or other legal proceeding in respect of the alteration of the religious character of any place of worship as on the 15th August, 1947. 

now to be heard on May 10
After hearing the petitions filed by Anjuman Intejamiya Masjid of Varanasi and others, Justice Prakash Padia adjourned the matter till May 10. The original suit was filed in the Varanasi District Court in 1991, seeking restoration of the ancient temple site where the Gyanvapi Masjid currently exists.

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