Gyanvapi Mosque Case: All Eyes On Varanasi Court; Key Decision To Be Made Today

Gyanvapi Mosque Case: All Eyes On Varanasi Court; Key Decision To Be Made Today

The Varanasi Court is likely to pronounce a critical decision on whether a case filed by 5 Hindu women seeking the right to worship inside the Gyanvapi Mosque, located next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is 'maintainable' or not. The case filed by 5 women led to a survey inside the Gyanvapi Mosque, where allegedly a 'Shivalinga' had been found. The Supreme Court had earlier assigned the Gyanvapi Mosque case to the Varanasi District Judge's Court from a lower court where it was being heard initially. The Varanasi Civil Court had earlier ordered the filming of the Gyanvapi Mosque based on the petition filed by 5 women who claimed that there are idols of Hindu gods and goddesses inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The filming inside the Mosque was challenged by the Gyanvapi Mosque Committee in the Supreme Court, which said that the filming goes against the Places of Worship Act of 1991. "Such petitions and sealing of mosques will lead to public mischief and communal disharmony, will affect mosques across the country," the Mosque Committee had said. Today, District judge AK Vishvesha is likely to pronounce orders on whether the Gyanvapi case will continue to be heard or cease to have any legal standing. https://youtu.be/-XIQlwuTy1s

Sidhu Moose Wala Killing: NIA Conducts Searches Across Delhi NCR, Punjab

On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at various locations across Delhi-NCR and Punjab in connection to the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala. Sources have revealed that the searches were conducted at residences of gangsters, including Neeraj Bawania and Tillu Tajpuria. The development came after the sixth shooter in the Sidhu Moose Wala killing was grabbed from the India-Nepal border. The NIA searches are in connection with the suspected terror gangs linked to the singer's killing. Gang leaders, including Lawrence Bishnoi and Canada-based Goldy Brar, are on NIA's radar along with other gangsters. Earlier, the Delhi Police had arrested three shooters, and two have been killed by the Punjab Police in an encounter. The sixth shooter in the case, Deepak Mundi and two of his associates were arrested on Saturday in a joint operation with the Delhi Police and central agencies. Sharing details of the escape plan curated by the mastermind in the case, Goldy Brar, the DGP said: "Mundi and Kapil Pandit had reached West Bengal, shifting their base from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. They planned to reach Dubai through Nepal using fake passports," Today, the NIA has raided gangster Kala Rana's residence in Haryana and gangster Vinay Deora's residence in Punjab. https://youtu.be/jtLsJ-5psXM

Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019: SC To Hear 200+ PILS Against CAA

The Supreme Court would hear over 200 petitions filed challenging the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. A bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat. The CAA came into effect on January 10, 2020. Many political entities have filed petitions challenging the CAA, including a Kerala-based political party, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi, and Congress leader Debabrata Saikia. Other includes NGO Rihai Manch, Assam Advocates Association and law students, among several others. The Supreme Court had last heard pleas against the CAA on June 15, 2021. The CAA fast-tracks the process of granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and took refuge in India on or before December 31, 2014. The act doesn't include Muslims, which is one of the major grey areas in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. https://youtu.be/yYvCJcRojTM

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 5,221 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.71%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 5,221 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 47,176. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, recording 5,975 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,39,25,239. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 2.82% and 1.72%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.95 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 215.26 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. https://twitter.com/MoHFW_INDIA/status/1569178028428886016

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