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Gyanvapi Masjid Case HIGHLIGHTS: SC orders ‘Shivling’ area to be protected, lifts stay on prayers, religious observances

The top court clearly stated that its direction (to protect the area where Shivling was claimed to be found) shall not impede the entry of Muslims in the mosque for “offering namaz and religious observances.”

The written order, passed on Friday by a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana, had ordered the listing of the plea before a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the District Magistrate of Varanasi to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was claimed to be found, while striking down the curbs by a Varanasi trial court which ordered that the area inside the mosque complex be sealed, and Muslims restricted from entering the area to offer prayers. The top court clearly stated that its direction (to protect the area where Shivling was claimed to be found) shall not impede the entry of Muslims in the mosque for “offering namaz and religious observances.” The court also clarified that Muslims will be allowed to perform wazu (cleansing) as it is also a part of religious observance.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha was hearing an appeal filed by the Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid challenging an Allahabad High Court order dismissing an appeal against allowing a court commissioner appointed by a civil court to inspect and conduct a survey and videography of the Gyanvapi Mosque. The petitioner has claimed that the order violated the Places of Worship Act, 1991, which prohibits any change in the character of religious places as they existed on August 15, 1947. 

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17:43 (IST) 17 May 2022
They don’t have answers for any other issue: Akhilesh slams BJP over Gyanvapi Masjid row

“Gynavapi-like incidents are being deliberately stirred up by BJP itself or by their aides behind veil. Fuel & food amenities are getting expensive. They don't have answer on inflation & unemployment. BJP has hate calendar to bring up such issues until elections,” Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav told reporters. (ANI)

17:38 (IST) 17 May 2022
After SC order, local court directions that only 20 people will offer namaz will not operate now

SC ordered that there will be no restriction on the number of Muslims entering the mosque for offering prayers or other religious rituals.

17:26 (IST) 17 May 2022
We have struck a balance: SC tells Gyanvapi Mosque Committee

“We have excluded the three reliefs sought in the application. We have protected the spot where the shiv ling was found. And we have clarified that this will not restrict the rights of Muslims. I think this is a balance,” Justice Chandrachud tells Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the mosque committee.

17:16 (IST) 17 May 2022
Area where the ‘shivling’ is claimed to be found will be duly protected, SC orders

Supreme Court orders that DM Varanasi shall ensure that the area where the Shivling is claimed to be found, shall be duly protected. The SC further directed that the orders will not restrain or stop the access of Muslims from offering prayers in the mosque.

17:07 (IST) 17 May 2022
Special Court Commissioner Vishal Singh to submit the survey report in two days

After Ajay Kumar Mishra was removed from the advocate commissioner post by the Varanasi court today for “leaking information” about the case, Vishal Singh will be submitting the videography report.

16:49 (IST) 17 May 2022
Advocate-Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra removed from his post

Advocate-Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra removed from his post appointed by the court.

We had sought two days' time from the court. The Court has granted us two days' time for submission of the report: Advocate Vishal Singh, the Court-appointed special assistant commissioner, in Varanasi

16:12 (IST) 17 May 2022
Varanasi court grants 2-day time to commission to submit survey report

Varanasi court agrees to give commission 2-day time to submit survey report. Special advocate commissioner Vishal Singh had sought two-day time to include all vital facts of disputed site in the court commission report in Gyanvapi survey, which is almost complete.

13:00 (IST) 17 May 2022
A few trying to divide people: Congress’ Mallikarjun Karge on Gyanvapi issue

Gyanvapi matter is in court. But status of all mosques, temples, other spaces of religious worship in 1947 had to be maintained as such. Thus a law too was made regarding it- Places of Worship Act 1991. A few are trying to divide people: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress

12:55 (IST) 17 May 2022
SC hearing on plea challenging videography survey of mosque underway

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, Varanasi which is challenged the Varanasi local court order of videography survey of the mosque.

11:31 (IST) 17 May 2022
Gyanvapi mosque survey report not ready, Commission to seek more time from court

The commission tasked with the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex here will on Tuesday seek additional time from a local court to submit its report as it is yet to be prepared, an official was quoted by PTI. The court had earlier asked the commission to submit the report by Tuesday.

11:30 (IST) 17 May 2022
Puranas clearly mention in detail about Gyanvapi Temple & a ‘jyotirling’ placed there: Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust Council President

The Puranas clearly mention in detail about Gyanvapi Temple & a 'jyotirling' placed there. There is no doubt that the present day Gyanvapi mosque was a part of the temple complex mentioned in our scriptures: Nagendra Pandey, President, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust Council

11:07 (IST) 17 May 2022
Hindu Sena requests SC that its plea be taken along with appeal by Muslim party

Hindu Sena mentions before SC an intervention application and requests that it be taken along with appeal of the management committee of Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid, Varanasi seeking a stay on Gyanvapi mosque survey. Court tells the advocate to be present during the hearing today.

10:24 (IST) 17 May 2022
Shivling claim unfair, attempt to create communal disharmony: AIMPLB

The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board has termed as “unfair” and an “attempt to create communal disharmony” the sealing of a pond in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after it was claimed that a Shivling was found there during a survey.

In a statement issued late Monday night, AIMPLB general secretary Khalid Saifullah Rahmani said, “The Gyanvapi mosque is a mosque and will remain a mosque. The attempt to term it a temple is nothing more than a conspiracy to create communal disharmony. It is a matter of constitutional rights and is against the law.” “In 1937, in the case of Deen Mohammad Vs State Secretary, the court had decided on the basis of oral testimony and documents that this entire compound (Gyanvapi mosque complex) belongs to the Muslim Waqf and Muslims have the right to offer namaz in it,” he said.

09:50 (IST) 17 May 2022
Hindu Sena moves SC seeking dismissal of plea by Muslim party

Hindu Sena President has moved Supreme Court for dismissal of appeal by Muslim party; says site exempt from Places of Worship Ac

08:08 (IST) 17 May 2022
Dispute dating back to early 90s

The video graphics survey of the mosque was ordered on April 18, 2021, by Judge Diwakar following the plea by Delhi residents Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, and others.

The original suit was filed in 1991 in the Varanasi district court for the restoration of the ancient temple at the site where the Gyanvapi mosque currently stands. The plea has been taken in the suit that said the mosque is a part of the temple.

The written order, passed on Friday by a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana, had ordered the listing of the plea before a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud.

On Friday last, the bench, however, had refused to pass any interim order of status quo against the ongoing survey of the religious complex on the plea of the Muslim side. But, the CJI-led bench had agreed to consider listing the plea for hearing.

The Muslim side has been referring to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and its Section 4 which bars filing of any suit or initiating any other legal proceeding for a conversion of the religious character of any place of worship, as existing on August 15, 1947.

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