The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday confirmed a Varanasi court order that had deemed maintainable a suit filed by Hindu parties seeking rights of worship inside the Gyanvapi Mosque. [Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Varanasi v. Smt Rakhi Singh]..The High Court passed the verdict today, after it had reserved the same on December 24 last year.The High Court rejected the revision petition filed by Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid against a district judge order.On September 12, 2022, District Judge Dr AK Vishvesha had dismissed the plea filed by the Muslim party contesting the maintainability of the suit through an application filed under Order VII Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC)..The case arose after Hindu devotees approached the civil court claiming the right to worship inside the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque, on the ground that it was a Hindu temple and still houses Hindu deities.The civil court had ordered a survey of the Mosque by an advocate commissioner. The advocate commissioner then conducted the video-graphed survey and submitted a report to the civil court..The Muslim parties had then filed an application under Order VII Rule 11 of the CPC challenging the maintainability of the suit on ground that the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which was introduced at the height of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, seeks to protect the status of all religious structures as it stood on August 15, 1947.Section 4 of the Act states that the religious character of a place of worship existing on August 15, 1947 shall continue to be the same as it existed on that day. It bars courts from entertaining cases regarding such places of worship. The provision further states that such cases already pending in courts would stand abated.However, the trial court had agreed with the main argument advanced by the plaintiffs that they had not sought conversion of the place of worship from a mosque to temple.