The area inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, where a "Shivling" is alleged to have been discovered during the survey, was further protected by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Varanasi: The area inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, where a “Shivling” is alleged to have been discovered during the survey, was further protected by the Supreme Court on Friday. The protection has been extended until further court orders are issued.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices Surya Kant and PS Narasimha allowed the Hindu parties to move an application before the Varanasi district judge for the consolidation of all the lawsuits filed on the Gyanvapi controversy. However, it ordered the Hindu parties to respond to the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid management committee’s petition challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order on the appointment of a survey commissioner.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain had asked the CJI on Thursday to set an urgent date for the hearing, which was set to expire on November 12.
The apex court protected the area where the Shivling was allegedly found on May 17 after the Varanasi civil court permitted a videographic survey of the mosque complex next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, according to Jain, who is representing some of the Hindu women who filed a lawsuit before the Varanasi civil court seeking permission to worship at the Gyanvapi mosque.
On Thursday, Jain submitted before the CJI that the region needed to stay protected, and that it would require another order of the court extending the prior ruling.
Justice Chandrachud, after noting that the Gyanvapi case is before a special bench comprising him and Justices Surya Kant and PS Narasimha, agreed to set up the bench on Friday.