Gyanvapi survey: SC refuses interim status quo order

Gyanvapi survey: SC refuses interim status quo order
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One-liner: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an interim order of status quo on the survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Listing of plea: The top court, however, agreed to consider listing the plea of a Muslim party against the survey of the Gyanvapi premises.

Survey opposed: A bench was told by advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Muslim side in the Gyanvapi mosque case, that a plea has been filed against the survey being conducted at the Varanasi site.

Interdiction: This (Gyanvapi) has been a mosque since time immemorial and this is clearly interdicted by the Places of Worship Act, Ahmadi said.

Plea rejected: A Varanasi local court on Thursday rejected a plea to replace the advocate commissioner it had appointed for a videography survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex.

  • The district court also appointed two more lawyers to help the advocate commissioner carry out the survey at the mosque. Amid the opposition, the survey was stalled for a while

Worship of Hindu deities: The local court's May 12 order came on a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located outside the mosque.

Atmosphere of fear: The judge who delivered the verdict in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case in Varanasi has said his family was concerned about his safety.

Bottom line: Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar on Thursday rejected a plea to replace the advocate commissioner the court had appointed for conducting the videography of the Gyanvapi complex here.

Source: PTI

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