Argument of temple side – Aurangzeb ordered to demolish Vishweshwar temple, but not to build a mosque
Hearing in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Masjid and Vishwanath Temple dispute case continued in the High Court on Wednesday. During this, records and facts were presented on behalf of the temple side. It is said that in the medieval period Aurangzeb had ordered the demolition of Vishwanath temple but had not given any decree to build a mosque there. That’s why it was wrong to build a temple there. A single bench of Justice Prakash Padia was hearing the petitions filed by Anjuman-e-Intzamian Masjid Committee and Sunni Waqf Board.
During the hearing on Wednesday, advocate Vijay Shankar Rastogi, on behalf of the temple side only, gave his arguments. He said that looking at the old records, it is clear that the temple is not only there from time immemorial, but the boundary built around it is also thousands of years old. Advocate Vijay Shankar said that if the present government recognizes the mistakes made in the former empire, forcibly demolished Vishwanath temple, then the courts can take cognizance of those mistakes and give remedies. Said that in this regard, the Supreme Court has also said in the orders of its full bench that if the present government understands and accepts the mistakes made in the time of the former empire, then it can be rectified.
The Supreme Court had given a similar suggestion in the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute case as well and the same may happen in this case as well. It was said that in the written statement given by the British in the case of Din Mohammad in 1936, the rights of Hindus were recognized and Vishwanath temple has been kept in the category of Temple Act.