Supreme Court to hear petition against Gyanvapi mosque survey
New Delhi: A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud of the Supreme Court will hear the petition seeking a stay on the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi. The order directing the registry to list the matter before Justice Chandrachud was uploaded on the Supreme Court’s website on Friday night. Chief Justice NV Ramana directed that the matter be listed before Justice Chandrachud.
The order said, “On being mentioned by senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the petitioner, we consider it appropriate to direct the Registry to take up the matter before a bench headed by Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.” List it. Yesterday, Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by CJI Ramana and requested for order to maintain status quo in the matter pending before Varanasi Civil Court.
However, the bench refused to order status quo in the matter, saying it was not aware of the issue as it had not seen the papers then. The CJI said, ‘We have not seen the papers. We don’t even know what the matter is. I don’t know anything… how can I pass the order. I will read and then order… let me see.’
Ahmadi, appearing for the Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid committee, which manages the Gyanvapi Masjid, sought a status quo order saying, “A survey has been directed regarding Varanasi property.” It is covered by the Place of Worship Act. Now the court has ordered the commissioner to conduct a survey. The appeal was filed by the committee on Friday. The order allowing the commissioner appointed by the Allahabad High Court to inspect the Gyanvapi Masjid, conduct a survey and videography was challenged. In this, Hindus and Muslims have claimed their right to worship.
It has sought a direction to stop the survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex. The Varanasi Civil Court had directed inspection, videography and a survey to collect evidence regarding the alleged existence of Hindu deities inside the Gyanvapi Mosque, located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.