A plea seeking permission to worship the ‘Shivling’ that was found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex has been transferred from the civil judge in Varanasi to a fast-track court.

However, the fast-track court judge is not immediately available, so the case will be heard on May 30.

The aforementioned plea was filed in the court of Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar in Varanasi on Tuesday and has now been transferred to the fast-track court of Judge Mahendra Pandey.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had transferred the petitions in the case from the civil judge’s court to the district court.


A petition filed in 1991 in a Varanasi court claimed that the Gyanvapi Mosque was built on the orders of Aurangzeb by demolishing a part of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple during his reign in the 16th century.

The petitioners and local priests sought permission to worship in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The Allahabad High Court in 2019 ordered a stay on an ASI survey that was requested by the petitioners.

The current controversy started when five Hindu women sought to routinely worship Shringar Gauri and other idols within the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

Last month, a Varanasi court ordered a videographed survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after the five Hindu women filed pleas, seeking to worship behind the western wall of the premises.

The Hindu petitioners claimed earlier this month that a ‘Shivling’ had been found on the premises. However, the other side said it was a defunct fountain.


India today