Don’t want to lose another Masjid”: Asaduddin Owaisi on Gyanvapi Mosque verdict

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday called the Varanasi Court’s verdict on Gyanvapi Masjid, a “blatant violation” of the Places of Worship Act 1991, ANI reported.

According to the Act, “no person shall convert any place of worship of any religious denomination or any section thereof into a place of worship of a different section of the same religious denomination or of a different religious denomination or any section thereof.”

Owaisi’s remarks came after a Varanasi court while hearing the matter on Thursday said that the survey inside the Gyanvapi mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple will continue and the report needs to be submitted by May 17, according to the news agency. The court also added two advocates to the survey commission.

Asserting that the court’s decision is a violation of the Supreme Court judgment given in the Babri Masjid dispute, he told ANI, “The order of the court is a blatant violation of the Places of Worship Act 1991. It is a violation of Supreme Court judgment given in the Babri Masjid title dispute.”

After Babri Masjid, Mr. Owaisi said that he does not want to lose another masjid.

“This is a blatant violation and I hope that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Masjid committee would go to the Supreme Court. I have lost one Babri Masjid and I don’t want to lose another masjid,” he said.

Further, he suggested that the “Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government should immediately file an FIR against those people who tries to change the nature of religious places that stood on August 15, 1947. If courts find them guilty, they can be imprisoned for three years.”

Varanasi court refused to remove Court commissioner Ajay Mishra and added that the video inspection of the Gyanvapi mosque should be completed by Tuesday (May 17), according to ANI.

Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee on Saturday has filed an application seeking the removal of the office due to the alleged biasedness over the matter in the court-appointed commissioner’s survey in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Masjid.

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