Gyanvapi Mosque Row Updates: Advocate commissioner Ajay Mishra, who was removed from his post in the panel tasked to conduct a videography survey inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex, has filed a two-page report in the Varanasi court regarding the survey conducted under him from May 6-7 and May 14-16. As per sources, the report mentions the “fragmented deity, the debris of the temple, the shape of the lotus”, etc.
A Varanasi court, which had ordered the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, on Tuesday removed Mishra on grounds of non-cooperation. “Ajay Mishra, the advocate commissioner has been removed by the court,” assistant advocate commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh told PTI.
Meanwhile, the five women petitioners in the case have approached the Varanasi court seeking a directive for a fresh survey on the area near the mosque’s eastern part facing an idol of Nandi in the adjacent Kashi Vishwanath temple. They also demanded that the temporary wall facing the Nandi idol in the temple be removed to create a path to the ‘Shivling’ that the Hindu side claimed was found during the survey of the mosque complex.
Here Are Other Updates on Gyanvapi case:
• Top sources from the survey team have claimed that when the videography was going on, the Muslim side claimed that the ‘Shivling’ was a fountain. “The survey team then asked them to operate it but the mosque management said that it is not operational for the last 15-20 years,” sources added.
• Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said that in the name of Gyanvapi, people’s sentiments are being instigated. “I appeal to people to be alert. Situation can worsen anytime,” she said.
• Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta on Tuesday filed an intervention application seeking directions for dismissal of the petition filed by Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Management Committee challenging the videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, which was adjacent to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.
• The application moved by the Hindu Sena stated that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had destroyed the Kashi Vishwanath temple at the disputed site and built the Gyanvapi mosque in its place. The remains of the erstwhile temple can be seen in the foundation, the columns and at the rear part of the mosque, it added.
• The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday held an emergency meeting amid the ongoing row. A source said that since the matter is being heard by the court, the board’s legal team would extend all the necessary assistance to the Muslim side. A source in the know of the things told IANS, “We will go through the matters discussed and presented in the court on Tuesday, and our legal team will provide help to the Muslim side. At the same time, we will try to reach out to the people with facts through pamphlets, books etc. so that people don’t get misguided.”