The property vested in the deity cannot be changed: Applicant | India News

VARANASI: Plaintiffs in the Shringar Gauri Cult case argued in Varanasi District Judge Court on Thursday that the ownership of any property vested in a deity or idol can never be changed, challenging the Gyanvapi claim of the direction of the mosque on the site.
Barrister Hari Shankar Jain told District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha that contrary to the assertion of Anjuman Intejamia Masajid (AIM), there is no waqf deed in the name of Gyanvapi Mosque. “According to Islamic law, only the owner of a property can make an endowment for a religious, educational or charitable cause. In the case of Gyanvapi, there is no waqf act. It is also a fact that no Muslim has ever owned this property. Referring to the SC’s observation in the Ram Janmabhoomi case, he said that “even in the event that an idol is destroyed or an attempt is made to break its sanctity, the property remains with it, and its divinity also remains. unchanged”.
Vishnu Jain, another lawyer representing the women plaintiffs, said any dispute between Hindus and Muslims over waqf property could only be dealt with in civil court. “As AIM had questioned the terms such as ‘image, Swayambhu, pran pratishtha’ used by plaintiffs in the lawsuit, we have explained their meaning by citing Hindu law as well as books by Judge BK Mukherjee and Dr. VP Kanesaid Harishankar Jain later.

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