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Hindu Prayers to Continue at Gyanvapi; Allahabad HC Rejects Muslim Plea

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New Delhi: In a significant ruling, the Allahabad High Court has rejected the petitions filed by the Muslim side in the Gyanvapi Mosque dispute, permitting Hindu prayers to persist in the Gyanvapi Cellar. The court’s decision marks a pivotal moment in the protracted legal battle over ownership and religious rights concerning the site.

The contentious ruling has stirred controversy, particularly with criticism leveled by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi. Owaisi has lambasted the Varanasi court’s verdict, alleging a contravention of the Places of Worship Act. He contends that the judgment, delivered by a retiring judge, sanctions Hindu prayers despite no offerings being made since 1993. Furthermore, Owaisi questions the directive to unseal the grills within a mere seven days, arguing for a more extended period to facilitate appeals. He underscores the imperative of upholding the Places of Worship Act, citing precedent from the Supreme Court’s rulings during the Babri Masjid title suit.

The decision’s implications reverberate beyond the immediate dispute, sparking debates on religious freedom, legal precedents, and the delicate balance between communal harmony and judicial intervention. As stakeholders assess the fallout of the court’s verdict, the Gyanvapi Mosque dispute remains emblematic of the broader tensions surrounding religious sites and their contested histories in India.

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