The Supreme Court Friday asked the Varanasi district magistrate to ensure that sufficient numbers of water tubs are made available for “wazu” (ritual ablution) for Muslims offering prayers at the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
The bench of Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha recorded the statement of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared in the court on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, that the district magistrate would ensure the availability of water at the mosque complex.
“Mr Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General, states, on the instructions of the District Magistrate, who is present in Court, that in order to facilitate the performance of Waju, the District Magistrate shall ensure that a sufficient number of tubs with facilities for water are made available in proximity so as not to inconvenience the devotees who come for performing namaz,” the bench said.
The committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Varanasi had moved the court seeking the facilities saying the disputed area where the rituals were performed earlier was being used by Muslims for many years.
Mehta said the administration had arranged toilet facilities just 70 metres away and it could not be provided inside because the entry to the bathroom which was in use earlier was through the disputed area where a Shivling was said to have been discovered. The Muslim side maintains it is a fountain.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
For the ritual ablution, Mehta said, water will be provided in the same area as before. The bench suggested that long tubs be put to use.
Mehta said the administration had made arrangements for six tubs. He assured that sufficient water will be provided so that everyone can perform the rituals.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...Advertisement
In May 2022, the Supreme Court had asked the district magistrate to secure the area where the Shivling was said to have been found during a videographic survey of the mosque area without impeding or restricting the rights of Muslims to access and offer prayers at the mosque.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd