Supreme Court to hear today plea on extended cover for Gyanvapi ‘Shivling’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Hindu parties on Thursday requested the Supreme Court to extend its May 17 interim order directing the Varanasi district magistrate to seal off the wuzu (ablution) area inside the Gyanvapi mosque to protect the ‘Shivling’ which was purportedly discovered during a trial court ordered survey.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain requested a bench headed by CJI D Y Chandrachud to extend the May 17 interim order during the pendency of the issue in the trial court and the Allahabad HC. While the trial court is seized of a suit filed by five Hindu women seeking right to worship goddess Shringar Gauri inside the mosque, the committee of management of the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (Gyanvapi mosque management) has moved the HC challenging the trial court’s decision to appoint the local commissioner for survey of the mosque and has sought quashing of the report.
The CJI said the plea for extension of interim order needs to be heard by the bench, which also comprised Justices Surya Kant and P S Narasimha, which had last heard the matter. He posted it for hearing on Friday at 3pm.
Balancing the sentiments of Hindus and Muslims, the SC on May 17 had ordered Varanasi district magistrate to seal off the wuzu khana area, where a ‘Shivling’ was purportedly found during a recent survey, but had allowed Muslims free access to the mosque for offering namaz by lifting the trial court order capping the number of Muslims offering Namaz to 20 at any given time.
Four days later, the SC had shifted the trial of a suit by Hindu parties seeking enforcement of their right to worship inside Gyanvapi mosque from civil judge (senior division) to the district judge, even as it observed that the survey of a structure to ascertain its religious nature is not barred under the Protection of Places of Worship Act,1991.
Taking cue from the observation, the Hindu side has now filed a detailed application through Jain adding numerous documents to the pending petition to justifying the trial court’s order for a survey of the mosque premises.

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