SC notice to Kashi Vishwanath Temple trustees on plea of Gyanvapi committee

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud also sought response of priest Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyas by 30 April on the plea of the mosque committee.

The bench, which also comprised justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, was hearing the plea of the mosque committee which manages the affairs of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.

The high court, on 26 February, had dismissed the committee’s plea in which it had challenged the district court’s 31 January order allowing Hindus to offer prayers in the cellar.

While dismissing the plea of the mosque committee, the high court had observed that the Uttar Pradesh government’s 1993 decision of stopping worship rituals inside the “Vyas Tehkhana” — located at the southern cellar of the Gyanvapi — was “illegal”.

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