[Gyanvapi dispute] Varanasi District Judge clubs all eight cases to be tried together

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Last month, the District Judge had allowed the applications seeking transfer of seven suits pertaining to the Gyanvapi dispute pending in various courts to his court. 

The court of District Judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha today clubbed eight suits pertaining to the Gyanvapi dispute and ordered them to be tried together. 

In the month of April, the District Judge had allowed the pleas seeking transfer of the suits which were pending before various local courts to be transferred to the court of the district judge. The judge had then said that on the next date of hearing, it will be decided as to whether it would be appropriate to club all the seven suits together or not.

Now, all the cases related to the Gyanvapi matter will be heard together in the court of District Judge. 

It is to be noted that seven applications had been moved before the court of district judge alleging that all the said suits were of similar nature, hence they should be tried together. Among the applicants were plaintiffs 2 to 5 (Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas, and Rekha Pathak) in original suit no. 18/2022.

Among the seven cases, six were pending before the court of civil judge (senior division) and one was pending before the fast-track court of the civil judge (senior division).

The present order has been passed in view of Order 4A of the CPC which provides for Consolidation of suits and proceedings. 

As per the said provision when two or more suits or proceedings are pending in the same court, and the court is of opinion that it is expedient in the interest of justice, it may by order direct their joint trial, where upon all such suits and proceedings may be decided upon the evidence in all or any of such suits or proceedings.