The Supreme Court may hear an appeal by the management committee of Anjuman Intezamia Mosque, Varanasi, challenging the videography survey directed by the local court at Maa Sringar Gauri land in Kashi Bishwanath Temple-Gyanbapi Mosque Complex. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachur and PS Narasimha will hear the matter.
A local court on Monday ordered the sealing of a pond in the Gyanvapi mosque complex when lawyers representing Hindu petitioners said a Shivling was found there during the court’s mandatory videography survey. A member of the mosque’s steering committee objected to the claim, saying the object was part of a “wazukhana” water fountain system – where devotees perform ablutions before prayers.
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A written order passed by a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramna on Friday directed that the application be listed before a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud.
Last Friday, the bench, however, refused to issue any interim order against the ongoing survey of the religious complex at the request of the Muslim side. However, the CJI-led bench agreed to consider listing the application for hearing.
The Muslim party referred to the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and Section 4 of the Act, which prohibits filing of lawsuits or initiating any other legal proceedings to change the religious character of any place of worship, such as the existing August 15, 1947.