Supreme Court transfers Gyanvapi Mosque case to Varanasi district judge

NEW DELHI:

The Supreme Court on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi Mosque case the district judge from the Varanasi civil judge, saying that the matter was “a complex and sensitive.

The top court also stated that the “need for fraternity between communities and need for peace is topmost” for the court. Justice Chandrachud said “We need a sense of balance and calm on the ground.”

“This is a complex and sensitive matter. We think that the suit should be heard by a district judge instead of a trial judge. We need a degree of healing touch. We are on a joint mission for preserving a sense of balance in the country,” the court observed.

The said mosque was built allegedly by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1699. It is located adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and being termed as temple by Hindus. Many argued that the temple was destroyed and the mosque was constructed instead.

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