Big order awaits today on the Varanasi Gyanvapi Mosque case

It all started last Friday when there was a dispute over illicit videography inside the Gyanvapi mosque. A court in Varanasi (Banaras) delivered a verdict on the case related to the inspection of the Gyanvapi mosque adjacent to the holy temple of Kashi Vishwanath (in Varanasi). In April, the court had ordered when five Hindu women asked for year-long access to pray at the Hindu shrine behind the modern wall of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi. The women also wanted permission to pray to the “visible and invisible deities within the old temple complex.” The local court commanded the local authorities to submit the final report by May 10. 


The survey was launched on Friday but was not completely done because of the dispute over videography inside the Mosque. The care community of the Mosque also stated that they were against any kind of videography inside Gyanvapi. After AIM (Anjuman Intejamia Masjid) filed a complaint in the court regarding the change of advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra, the plead was then rejected. Further, it was made clear that advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra will work on the Gauri worship case. On Thursday, the court of civil judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar officially declared that Ajay Kumar Mishra would continue as an advocate commissioner in the case of this dispute. 


The court also added a few more officials, namely Vishal Singh, a special advocate commissioner, and Ajay Pratap Singh, an assistant advocate commissioner. Both of them will also work with Ajay Kumar Mishra on the survey. The court ordered that the survey should not be straggled anymore. The final report needs to be submitted before May 17. As per the court’s order, which was circulated on April 26, the advocate commissioners started to work on the survey on May 6 in the presence of both parties involved in the protest. The claimant’s lawyer also filed a petition on May 8 pleading to issue rightful directions against filming the video of the Mosque’s inner areas, especially the basement. 


The hearing took place till Wednesday (May 11), and then the court issued a decision on AIM’s petition this afternoon, making a final decision on the advocate commissioner’s transfer case. The statement finalized that there would be no change in the position of Ajay Kumar Mishra. The court decided to proceed with the survey settlement by increasing the task force. The five women claimants in the Shringar Gauri case are Rakhi Singh of New Delhi, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas, and Rekha Pathak, all folks from Varanasi who filed the petition on April 18, 2021, looking for permission to daily worship and perform rituals at Shingar Gauri, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, and Nandi. 

By TIS Staffer
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