Senior lawyer Abhay Nath Yadav (60), who oversaw the legal team representing Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee in the Gyanvapi mosque issue, passed away on Sunday night from a heart arrest. The mosque is overseen by the committee.
Yadav, a long-time practitioner from Pandeypur in Varanasi, is survived by his widow, son, and two daughters. Yadav was transported to a private hospital where, according to his family, he was certified dead after complaining of chest pain at 10.30 p.m. on Sunday.
Last month, Yadav concluded his arguments in the Gyanvapi case before the Varanasi district court. SM Yasin, joint secretary of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, was one of many who expressed sorrow at Yadav’s passing.
The hearing on a motion by the committee contesting the maintainability of a lawsuit brought by five Hindu women seeking authorization for unrestricted rights to pray to Hindu idols put within the mosque compound was resumed by the Varanasi district court last month.