A Karnataka court will deliver its verdict in the Malali Masjid dispute today on Wednesday. A petition was filed by some Hindu organizations demanding a survey of the mosque on the lines of the Gyanvapi mosque in Uttar Pradesh. After this, the structure of the Hindu temple came to the fore during the restoration of the mosque.
Challenging this, the management of the mosque and Muslim organizations argued that the court did not have the right to look into the matter. The court was to pronounce its verdict in this regard on Monday. Earlier, a local court in Karnataka reserved order for November 9 with regard to the Malali Masjid dispute in Dakshina Kannada district.
Court had reserved the order
The Third Additional Civil Court in Mangaluru, after reserving the order, directed that status quo be maintained in the premises of the mosque. One of the petitioners, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has sought appointment of a court commissioner to conduct a survey at Malali Masjid.
The management of Malali Masjid said that the VHP’s petition should be dismissed. It also said that the court cannot take up the matter. The court had recorded arguments and counter arguments. The verdict was earlier reserved on October 17, which was adjourned till November 9.
Preparing to keep the security system strong
Hindu organizations and minority communities are waiting for the verdict. If the court considers the petition of Malali Masjid Management, then VHP’s demand to conduct a survey of the mosque will be rejected and if the court considers the petition of the VHP, then the survey of mosques will be allowed.
As any decision will affect the law and order situation, the officials are worried and making preparations to keep the security arrangements strong to ensure peace and harmony.
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