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Gyanvapi Mosque Row Updates: Survey Report Mentions 'Hindu Idols, Symbols' Inside Gyanvapi Mosque Complex

Gyanvapi Mosque Row Updates: At the outset, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mentioned the matter and urged the court to take up the matter for a hearing on Friday

News18.com | May 19, 2022, 21:30 IST

Gyanvapi Mosque Row Updates: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the civil court in Varanasi to not proceed with hearing the Gyanvapi case till it takes up the matter on Friday. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and PS Narashima was informed by advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain that lead counsel Hari Shankar Jain for the Hindu devotees in the civil suit is indisposed for Thursday, as he was discharged from the Read More

May 19, 2022 17:41 IST

Gyanvapi Case: Survey Report Accessed by CNN-News18

CNN-News18 finds more ‘Hindu’ symbols inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex as more survey images are accessed.

May 19, 2022 17:35 IST

Kangana Ranaut Reacts on Gyanvapi Case

Commenting on the Gyanvapi issue, actor Kangana Ranaut has said Lord Shiva is omnipresent and doesn’t need a structure to prove his existence. Ranaut, known for her combative and often controversial remarks, offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple along with the team of her upcoming film “Dhaakad” on Wednesday. “Just like there is Lord Krishna in every particle of Mathura and Lord Ram in every particle of Ayodhya, there is Lord Shiva in every particle of Kashi. He doesn’t need a structure, he is present in every particle,” the actor told reporters when she was asked to express her opinion on the ongoing case of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex. She signed off with the ‘Har Har Mahadev’ chant.

May 19, 2022 17:16 IST

CNN-News18 Has Accessed Gyanvapi Mosque Complex Survey Report

CNN-News18 has accessed the Gyanvapi mosque complex 19-page survey report.

May 19, 2022 14:42 IST

SC asks Varanasi civil court not to proceed with Gyanvapi hearing till May 20 as counsel indisposed

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the civil court in Varanasi to not proceed with hearing the Gyanvapi case till it takes up the matter on Friday. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and PS Narashima was informed by advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain that lead counsel Hari Shankar Jain for the Hindu devotees in the civil suit is indisposed for Thursday, as he was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. We accordingly direct the Trial Court to strictly act in terms of the above arrangement and to desist from taking up further proceedings in the suit in view of the consensus which has been arrived at between the parties, the bench said in its order. The bench directed for the listing of the matter before it on May 20 at 3 pm and said that the Registry may seek the administrative directions of the Chief Justice of India so that the Bench may be constituted. At the outset, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mentioned the matter and urged the court to take up the matter for a hearing on Friday. Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, said several applications have been filed across the country to “seal” various mosques, and in the Gyanvapi case in Varanasi, the hearing is going on and an application has been filed to “demolish” a wall around the wazukhana’ (ablution room).

May 19, 2022 13:25 IST

Krishna Janmabhoomi: Plea for Removal of Shahi Idgah by 'Next Friend' of Shri Krishna Gets Court's Nod

A Mathura court on Thursday allowed the lawsuit demanding removal of Shahi Idgah mosque near ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’ or the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Allowing the suit against Shahi Idgah mosque that seeks its removal from the Krishna Janmabhoomi land, the verdict has paved way for hearings to take place in court against the mosque. READ MORE

May 19, 2022 12:52 IST

Exclusive | Fragmented Deity, Temple Debris & Hindu Motifs Find Mention in Sacked Gyanvapi Surveyor's Report

Details of the two-page report accessed exclusively by CNN-News18 reveal that the document mentions the shape of a lotus as well as four Hindu idols, remains of a used ‘diya’ and an image of ‘Sheshnag’. READ MORE

May 19, 2022 12:05 IST

Ajay Mishra Submits Report to Varanasi Court | RECAP

Gyanvapi mosque survey | At 4.30 pm yesterday, Ajay Mishra (ex-court appointed commissioner) submitted his report from the earlier two days. Today at 10.30 am, Vishal Singh & Ajay Pratap Singh filed their report with details of the 3-day survey: Advocate Nityanand Rai, in Varanasi, UP. “They have also filed a chip that contains photos, videos. A copy will be made available to the other side. Once they get the copy, court will invite their objections. After listening to them, court will give final decision if the report will be taken as evidence,” he said, according to ANI.

May 19, 2022 11:26 IST

No Hearing in Varanasi Court Today as SC Stays Proceedings

The Supreme Court will hear the Gyanvapi matter tomorrow. The apex court has stayed proceedings in lower courts, which effectively means the Varanasi court, which was due to hear the matter today after the official survey report was submitted, will not hear the case today.

May 19, 2022 10:59 IST

Survey Report Submitted in Varanasi Court, Mentions 'Hindu Engravings, Idols & Symbols'

Court commissioner Vishal Singh submitted the survey report in the Gyanvapi case before the court. The report is in a sealed cover and it has been presented in the court of Ravi Kumar Diwakar. Meanwhile, sources said the report mentions ‘Hindu engravings, idols and symbols’ found in the mosque.

May 19, 2022 10:42 IST

Official Survey Report Submitted in Varanasi Court

The official survey report conducted in the Gyanvapi mosque complex has been submitted in Varanasi Court.

May 19, 2022 10:31 IST

Exclusive | Fragmented Deity, Temple Debris & Hindu Motifs Find Mention in Sacked Gyanvapi Surveyor's Report

Details of the two-page report accessed exclusively by CNN-News18 reveal that the document mentions the shape of a lotus as well as four Hindu idols, remains of a used ‘diya’ and an image of ‘Sheshnag’. READ MORE

May 19, 2022 09:57 IST

Gyanvapi Mosque Survey Report to be Submitted by Noon Today

Varanasi, UP | It is a 10-12 page-long report, we will submit it before the court between 10 am-12 pm today. The further process is up to the court. The Court will examine it and then give an order: Assistant Court Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh on Gyanvapi mosque survey report, ANI reports.

May 19, 2022 09:45 IST

Krishna Janmabhoomi Case: Mathura Court To Deliver Verdict on Plea to Free 13.37 Acre Land Today

AMathura court will give its verdict in the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Mosque dispute case in which petitioners are seeking the ownership of 13.37 acres of land of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and also the removal of Shahi Idgah Mosque built there. READ MORE

May 19, 2022 09:10 IST

Union Minister Says 'Pooja Should be Held Where Shivling Has been Found'

Union Minister Kaushal Kishore commenting on the Gyanvapi has said ‘pooja’ should begin at the place where the Shivling has been found. “Where a shivling has been found, its meant that is a temple place only,” he said.

May 19, 2022 08:42 IST

'Fragmented Deity, Temple Debris, Lotus Symbol' Mentioned in Sacked Surveyor's Report to Varanasi Court

Gyanvapi survey former lawyer commissioner Ajay Mishra filed at 2–page report in the Varanasi court yesterday. The report claims it found a fragmented deity, the debris of the temple, shape of lotus in the mosque. It further claims:

• Saffron colour seen on all images • Shapes of four Hindu idols seen • Walls inscribed with Hindu motifs • Remains of used diya • Sheshnag image seen

May 19, 2022 08:17 IST

Pleas on 'Shivling-Wazu' Row Will Come Up Today Too

The court will also decide on multiple applications moved by the parties concerned. These include:

-Application by DGC to to ensure wazu facilities and proper arrangements for the Muslims coming for namaz at gyanvapi. The application asks the court to relook into its order ceiling the wazu pond area where the Hindu side has claimed that a Shivling has been found.

-The Other petitions include those by two sadhvi’s seeking right to worship of the claimed Shivling. One petition also fix to clear the wall and the debris in front of the Nandi located opposite the iron grill so that more evidence could be collected.

-A new application was filed in court on Wednesday seeking orders for submission of the survey done on May 6th and 7th under former advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra Mishra was sacked from the post of Commissioner following complaints on 17th of May.

-Now as all eyes remain on the Commission report to be submitted By Vishal singh and Ajay Singh, it will be interesting to see what the Survey says about the structure that has been claimed as a Shivling by the Hindu side and a fountain by the Muslim side. The survey was done after the court orders during hearing of the petition filed by five Hindu women seeking right to worship Maha Shringar Gauri on the daily basis.

May 19, 2022 07:53 IST

SC, Varanasi Court to Hear Case, Survey to be Submitted Today

From Varanasi local Court to Supreme Court, crucial hearings in the Gyanvapi Shringar Gauri case will be held today. The much-awaited advocate commissioner’s survey report is all set to be submitted today in the court of civil judge senior division Varanasi. The survey of the Gyanyapi mosque was carried from May 14 to 16 amid tight security.

May 19, 2022 07:35 IST

Gyanvapi mosque row: Jamiat appeals to people not to hit streets, avoid demonstrations

Amid the Gyanvapi mosque row, prominent Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind on Wednesday appealed to the people, specially members of the community, not to hit the streets over the issue and avoid all kind of public demonstrations. The Gyanvapi mosque is adjacent to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and a local court is hearing a plea by a group of five Hindu women seeking the court’s permission for daily prayers before the idols on its outer walls. In a statement, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani said some “mischievous elements and biased media” are trying to create strife between the two communities by fanning religious emotions. In such a situation, the Jamiat appeals to all the people of India, specially Indian Muslims, that they should not hit streets over the issue of the Gyanvapi mosque and all kinds of public demonstrations should be avoided, it said. The Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid is a party to the matter in various courts of the country and it is believed that they will fight this case vigorously till the end, the statement said. Other organisations of the country are urged not to interfere directly in this case in any courts, the Jamiat said.

May 19, 2022 07:26 IST

Nagpur man held for posting 'derogatory' remark on FB about Lord Shiva

Police on Wednesday arrested a Nagpur man for allegedly posting a derogatory remark on Facebook about Lord Shiva in the backdrop of the ongoing Gyanvapi mosque row in Uttar Pradesh, an official said. The accused, Charudatta Jichkar, a resident of the Ganesh Peth area, runs an audio recording shop and was called for questioning by the police after a complaint was received against him over the remark made in the context of claims that a ‘Shivling’ has been discovered inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex during a court-mandated videography survey of the premises, he said. The 35-year-old was later placed under arrest and charged under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), the official added.

May 19, 2022 07:21 IST

Lucknow univ professor assaulted on campus week after remark on Kashi Vishwanath temple

A Lucknow University professor was allegedly assaulted by a student on the campus on Wednesday, days after he triggered a controversy with his remarks on the Kashi Vishwanath temple. The incident occurred around 1 pm outside the proctor’s office. “Karthik Pandey, a student leader, came to me and started hurling abuses and casteist slurs at me and hit me,” Professor Ravi Kant Chandan of the university’s Hindi department said. Two guards accompanying the professor overpowered the student and handed him over to the police. “I have filed a complaint with the police regarding the incident. This incident shows that my life is under constant threat,” the professor said.

hospital on Wednesday.

“We accordingly direct the Trial Court to strictly act in terms of the above arrangement and to desist from taking up further proceedings in the suit in view of the consensus which has been arrived at between the parties,” the bench said in its order. The bench directed for the listing of the matter before it on May 20 at 3 pm and said that the Registry may seek the administrative directions of the Chief Justice of India so that the Bench may be constituted.

At the outset, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mentioned the matter and urged the court to take up the matter for a hearing on Friday. Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, said several applications have been filed across the country to “seal” various mosques, and in the Gyanvapi case in Varanasi, the hearing is going on and an application has been filed to “demolish” a wall around the wazukhana’ (ablution room).

Ahmadi said he cannot oppose adjournment on the grounds of the health of a counsel but an undertaking should be given that Hindu devotees will not proceed with the civil court proceedings. He said that it is necessary that the Trial Court which is continuing to hear the proceedings today may desist from doing so until this Court takes up the proceedings on Friday.

Advocate Jain said they are assuring the bench that the Hindu parties would not proceed with the hearing before the civil court at Varanasi and would not press any further until the Court takes up the matter on Friday. The bench noted in its order that the proceedings have been mentioned by advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, who appears on behalf of the original plaintiffs, namely, the first to fifth respondents (female Hindu devotees who have filed the suit) in the proceedings before this Court under Article 136 of the Constitution.

On May 17, the top court had directed the district magistrate of Varanasi to ensure the protection of an area inside the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex where a ‘Shivling’ is said to have been found during a survey and allowed Muslims to offer namaz’ and perform religious observances. Balancing the equity, the top court had while hearing a plea of the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid which manages Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, passed the order and refused to stay the ongoing proceedings before the lower court.

It had said it needs to balance the rights of contesting parties and clarified that the order of the civil judge (senior division), hearing the plea of petitioner Hindu devotees, directing authorities to ensure the protection of the area would not restrict and impede the rights of Muslim to offer Namaz and to perform religious observances. This is an interim arrangement till counsel for the plaintiff is here. We need to balance the rights of contesting parties. The order of May 16, 2022, to the extent that DM, Varanasi shall ensure the protection of area where Shivling’ is said to be found will not impede upon the rights of the Muslims to offer Namaz’ and perform religious observances, the bench had said in its order passed on Wednesday.

The apex court order had come after it was informed by solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, that the plaintiff’s lawyer Hari Shankar Jain had suffered some cardiac issues and was hospitalized in Varanasi. The Muslim side has been referring to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and its Section 4 which bars filing of any suit or initiating any other legal proceeding for a conversion of the religious character of any place of worship, as existing on August 15, 1947.

On May 17, the Varanasi civil court, which had ordered the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex, removed Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra for displaying “irresponsible behaviour towards the discharge of his duties” and granted time till today to the commission to file the survey report. The removal order by District Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar had come on an application moved by Special Advocate Commissioner Vishal Singh who informed the court that Mishra had “deployed a personal cameraman RP Singh who was giving the wrong byte in the media on a regular basis”.

The civil court is hearing a suit by a group of women seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an outer wall of the mosque. The mosque management committee had opposed filming inside the mosque and also accused the court-appointed commissioner of partiality. Amid the opposition, the survey was stalled for a while. The video graphics survey of the mosque was ordered on April 18, 2021, by the civil judge (senior division) Varanasi following the plea by Delhi residents Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, and others. The original suit was filed in 1991 in the Varanasi district court for the restoration of the ancient temple at the site where the Gyanvapi mosque currently stands.

(with inputs from PTI)

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