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Gyanvapi Mosque: ‘Wuzukhana’ Sealed After 'Shivling' Found; Plea Against Survey in SC

File photo: The photograph of the Gyanvapi Masjid shows the prayer area and the wuzu area. The lawyer from the Hindu side has claimed that shivling was found in the wuzu area. (News18)

File photo: The photograph of the Gyanvapi Masjid shows the prayer area and the wuzu area. The lawyer from the Hindu side has claimed that shivling was found in the wuzu area. (News18)

The Varanasi Court has instructed the survey team to complete the survey by May 17 and present a detailed report before it

The Supreme Court will hear the petition challenging the survey of Varanasi’s Gynavapi Mosque on Tuesday. A bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud will hear the petition filed by Anjuman Masjid Committee against the Varanasi Court’s order directing survey of Gyanvapi mosque.

The top court last Friday refused to grant an interim order of status quo on the survey, but agreed to consider listing the plea of a Muslim party against the survey.

The court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex, which was carried out for the third consecutive day, concluded on Monday amid tight security. The survey of the mosque complex, which started at 8 am, concluded at around 10:15 am.

Lawyer Vishnu Jain claimed “a big victory for Hindu side” and said that a ‘shivling’ was found inside the well used for the ‘wuzu’. The Varanasi administration has now sealed the ‘wuzukhana’ as directed by the court. The lawyer also claimed that the area where the shivling has been found will be sealed. The security of the area will be handed over to the CRPF.

After the conclusion of the survey, the Varanasi court ordered the District Magistrate of Varanasi, Kaushal Raj Sharma to seal the area where the Shivling was found and to bar people from going to the place.

Earlier today, the lawyer told News18 that the survey has been completed and there are no chances of seeking any extension. He added that the Hindu side has been satisfied as “important evidence has been obtained.”

Sources said that there is no order for stopping the namaz in the mosque and the district administration is going through the order.

“It is about securing and sealing the area where the shivling has been claimed to be found by the hindu side,” they said. Meanwhile. the security has been increased inside the corridor area.

A detailed report of the survey will be submitted on Tuesday as per the instructions of the Varanasi Court.

“The court commission has completed the survey. The report will be submitted in the court. Both sides followed the court rules,” Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

However, on the question of the findings, the district magistrate said that he cannot disclose the court commission’s findings.

The mosque is located close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers before the idols on its outer walls.

The survey had concluded peacefully on Sunday after covering all the three domes and main mosque area, where the namaz is performed. Officials said the major part of the exercise was completed on the second day of the survey. Till Sunday, around 65 per cent of the survey was completed.

A survey team led by court-appointed Commissioners and accompanied by lawyers of both sides, police officers and the District Magistrate carried out the operations at the mosque complex. The mosque is located close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple.

On the third day of the survey, the detailing of the surveyed areas were done. The detailing will be done in areas including the basement in possession of the Vyas family. According to the family, the fourth basement was used for storing poles and other articles used for puja during that time.

A Satish Ganesh, Commissioner of Police in Varanasi said that adequate arrangements are in place to manage the heavy inflow of devotees to Kashi Vishwanath Temple on Vaishakh Purnima today.

The Allahabad High Court has assembled to hear the petition of the Central Sunni Waqf Board and Intazamiya Committee. The High Court has been hearing the case since last year and the Muslim side has been demanding to quash the petition by the Hindu side in Varanasi court.

A plea by the Intazamia committee seeking a ban on the ongoing survey is also pending in the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, two applications have also been filed in a Mathura court seeking appointment of an advocate commissioner to carry out an inspection of the Shahi Idgah Mosqe adjoining Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi to confirm the existence of Hindu artefacts and ancient religious inscriptions on the mosque premises.

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first published:May 16, 2022, 08:33 IST