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The plea states that though the said Shivling has been protected by the order passed by the local Court but there is no restrictions to bhaktas, devotees of Lord Shiva to offer puja’s and performed rituals at the said place.
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed urgent listing of the plea seeking a direction to allow Hindu disciples to perform religious rituals at the Shivling found at the disputed Gyanvapi site.
A bench of the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari, and Justice Hima Kohli has directed the matter to be listed on July 21, 2022.
The plea submits that since the month of Shravana is beginning, Hindus may be allowed to offer puja and exercise their right to “Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion” as guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution of India.
In May, a Varanasi Local Court had directed the District Magistrate, Varanasi to seal the disputed site at Gyanvapi Mosque complex after a Shivling was found at the place during the court-ordered survey.
Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar passed the order after an application was moved alleging that during the survey by the court-appointed commission, a shivling had been found, which is a significant evidence.
Relying on the decision of the Ayodhya case, the plea adds that “Once a deity, is always a deity and a temple, merely on being demolished, shall not lose its character, sanctity or dignity”.
Case Title: Rajesh Mani Tripathi vs. State of UP and Ors.
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