Gyanvapi Mosque Case: Varanasi court orders sealing of premises amid claims of Shivling discovery; SC hearing on May 17

Gyanvapi Mosque Case: Sohan Lal Arya, the Hindu petitioner in the case, claimed that the committee has found a 'Shivling'. He said that the committee has a "conclusive evidence".

By Aalok Sensharma
Updated: Mon, 16 May 2022 02:58 PM IST
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Gyanvapi Mosque Case: Varanasi court orders sealing of premises amid claims of Shivling discovery; SC hearing on May 17
Gyanvapi mosque/ File Image

Varanasi | Jagran News Desk: A local court in Varanasi on Monday ordered the sealing of the premises of the Gyanvapi mosque after the Hindu group claimed that a 'Shivling' was found in the masjid following the conclusion of the three-day court-mandated videography survey of the complex.

"Seal the area where a 'Shivling' has been found and prohibit the entry of any person to the area. DM, police commissioner, police commissionerate, and CRPF commandant Varanasi responsible for the security of the sealed area," the court directed the district magistrate (DM), as reported by news agency ANI.

Sohan Lal Arya, the Hindu petitioner in the case, claimed that the committee has found a 'Shivling'. Arya, who accompanied the court commission for the mosque survey, said that they have a "conclusive evidence".

The Hindu side said they would seek protection of the 'Shivling'. "The shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter," Madan Mohan Yadav, an advocate from the Hindu side, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Supreme Court hearing on May 17

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a plea against the Allahabad High Court order which dismissed a petition challenging a Varanasi court's order to appoint an advocate as a court commissioner to inspect the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

A two-judge bench - which includes Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha - will hear the plea filed by Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Varanasi.

On May 13, the apex court had declined to immediately stop the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, and agreed to list the matter.

3-day survey ends

A three-day court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi masjid complex concluded on Monday amid tight security. The survey of the mosque complex, which started at 8 am, concluded at around 10:15 am.

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.

"After working for over two hours, the court commission concluded its work on Monday at around 10.15 am. All parties were satisfied with the work," Varanasi DM Kaushal Raj Sharma was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The survey was stalled last week amid objections by the mosque committee, which claimed that the advocate commissioner appointed by the court for the survey did not have the mandate to film inside the premises.

In his order on Thursday last, District Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar had turned down a plea by the mosque committee to replace Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was appointed advocate commissioner by the court to survey the Gyanvapi-Gauri Shringar complex.

(With inputs from agencies)

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