AIMIM’s Owaisi files reply against ‘controversial remarks’ petition

  • | Tuesday | 21st November, 2023

Varanasi: A reply was filed on Monday on behalf of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi against the criminal revision petition filed by senior advocate Harishankar Pandey before the court of additional district judge-IX, following rejection of his petition seeking filing of a case against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Owaisi for their alleged remarks on the purported Shivling in Gyanvapi mosque compound by court of additional chief judicial magistrate-V (MP-MLA) on February 15.A reply was filed on behalf of the SP chief before the court in this criminal revision petition on November 17. Pandey said that the court on Monday gave a last opportunity to other defendants including Gyanvapi mosque management panel, Anjuman Intezamia masjid committee (AIMC) president Maulana Abdul Waqi, joint secretary Saiyyed Mohammed Yasin and Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani to file their reply against this petition by November 29. After filing the reply on behalf of Owaisi, his advocate Ehtesham Abdi said, Apart from other facts, it is also mentioned in this reply that the object found in the ablution pond is being termed a fountain by one party and Shivling by the other, while this matter is sub-judice before various courts including the Supreme Court, hence such differing terminologies are bound to be employed and a person cannot be criminalised for employing the same.Another advocate Anuj Yadav, who filed the reply on behalf of the SP chief earlier, said, In the reply filed on November 17, it is mentioned that the petitioner was neither among the persons who were present inside Gyanvapi mosque during the court commissioned survey in May 2022 as his name was not in the list submitted before the court by the commission, nor did he witness anything inside Gyanvapi mosque. Hence his claims are baseless. TNNWe also published the following articles recentlyASI likely to file in court today its report on Gyanvapi surveyThe Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is expected to submit its report on the scientific study and survey of the Gyanvapi Complex to the court of district judge in Varanasi. The court had ordered the survey to determine whether the Gyanvapi mosque was built on the remains of a temple. There is a possibility that the ASI may request more time to complete the compilation process. The ASI started the scientific study of the Gyanvapi mosque on July 24.Gyanvapi case: Contest shivling report at trial, Supreme Court tells Muslim partyThe management committee of the Gynavapi mosque has rejected the suggestion of the Supreme Court to challenge the evidentiary value of a report that mentioned a purported Shivling in the mosques wuzu area. The court-appointed commissioners report was made during the trial of a suit filed by Hindus seeking worshipping rights inside the mosque. The committee argues that the appointment of the court commissioner was illegal and believes that the Supreme Court should decide on the appointment, carbon dating of the Shivling, and the maintainability of the suit. The matter has been scheduled for further hearing on December 1.Need 15 more days to file Gyanvapi report: ASIThe Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has requested an additional 15 days to submit a report on its scientific study and survey of the Gyanvapi Complex. The ASI cited the need for more time to complete the compilation process and has submitted an application before the court. The court will hear the plea on November 18. This comes after a previous order for a survey to determine if the Gyanvapi mosque was built on the remains of a temple. The ASI had started its study in July but faced objections and legal challenges.

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