The Varanasi court on Monday directed the local administration to seal the area where Shivling was found inside during the court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex.
Gyanvapi Masjid survey
The latest development came after, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, a lawyer from the Hindu side, who was part of the survey team of the Gyanvapi mosque, today claimed that ‘Baba mil gaye’. He made the claim after Shivling was found in the pound located inside the masjid.
A court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid premises concluded today amid tight security.
“After working for over two hours, the court commission concluded its work on Monday at around 10.15 am. All parties were satisfied with the work,” Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma told reporters in Varanasi.
Subramanian Swamy’s response
With this, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy gave his response. In a tweet, he wrote, “With the discovery of idols in Gyanvapi Masjid, the stage is set for Hindu—Muslim compromise: Best is that Masjid be rebuilt elsewhere and Gyani Vapi Vishwanath Temple be restored to its ancient site. We have a Aurangzeb firman to prove that the Mandir was demolished on his orders.”
With discovery of idols in Gyanvapi Masjid, the stage is set for Hindu—Muslim compromise: Best is that Masjid be rebuilt elsewhere and Gyani Vapi Vishwanath Temple be restored to its ancient site. We have a Aurangzeb firman to prove that the Mandir was demolished on his orders.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 16, 2022
Meanwhile, the mosque management committee (Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid) argues that the idol of Shringar Gauri is outside, on the western wall of the mosque. Moreover, they claim the court did not pass any orders allowing videography inside the mosque but only till the courtyard outside the barricading.
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Waris Pathan said that the Varanasi court’s order, allowing the survey and videography inside the Gyanvapi mosque, was not correct as it was against the Places of Worship Act, 1991.