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UP Court Directs Sealing Where ‘Shivling’ Found in Gyanvapi Mosque Complex

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Gyanvapi Mosque Law Insider

Khushi Gupta

Published on: May 16, 2022 at 18:00 IST

A Court in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Monday ordered that a pond in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex be sealed amid Reports that a Shivling has been found in it.

The Varanasi Court ordered District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma “To seal the area and prohibit the entry of any person to the area. In its Order, the Court said the District Magistrate, Police Commissioner and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandant Varanasi will be responsible for the security of the sealed area”.

Till Sunday, 80 per cent of the premises were surveyed in eight hours over two days, a person familiar with the Matter said as directed by the Civil Court.

On Sunday, Proceedings of the Survey Commission started at 8 am, Varanasi Police Commissioner, A. Satish Ganesh said. Arrangements were also made so that there would be no inconvenience to devotees visiting the Kashi Vishwanath temple, he added.

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.

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.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court to hear a Plea seeking direction for a stay on the survey. A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud will hear the Plea of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee.