Varanasi judge hearing Gyanvapi case transferred

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Sources termed the transfer of Diwakar as ‘routine’ and said that there was no link to the sensitive Gyanvapi case that he was hearing….reports Asian Lite News

Varanasi civil judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who had ordered the video survey of Gyanvapi mosque, has been transferred to Bareilly.

He is among the 121 civil judges transferred by the Allahabad High Court on Monday evening. The transferred judges are required to take charge of office by July 4.

Sources termed the transfer of Diwakar as ‘routine’ and said that there was no link to the sensitive Gyanvapi case that he was hearing.

Diwakar had also claimed to have received death threats during the hearing of the case.

His security had been upgraded by the Uttar Pradesh government after he received a threat letter from an organisation called ‘Islamic Aghaz Movement’.

Official sources said that immediately after receiving this letter through a registered post, the civil judge alerted the additional chief secretary (home), director general of police and commissioner of police, Varanasi.

Varanasi commissioner of police A. Satish Ganesh said, “After being alerted by the civil judge regarding the letter, which also has many attachments, the deputy commissioner of police (Varuna zone) has been assigned to probe the matter.”

He added that proper security cover has also been provided to the district judge.

In the handwritten letter, one Kasif Ahmed Siddiqui who claimed to be the president of ‘Islamic Aghaz Movement’, said that “judges have also turned saffron amidst a divisive political scenario”.

The letter also contains derogatory remarks for the Prime Minister and former Chief Justice of India.

In one of his orders issued on May 12, the civil judge had earlier stated, “An atmosphere of fear has been created in an ordinary civil case. My family and I are living under fear.”

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