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Varanasi: Survey-videography work of Gyanvapi Masjid complex near Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi city resumed on Saturday morning amid tight security and will continue on Sunday. The officers provided this information.

Varanasi Police Commissioner A. Satish Ganesh said, ‘The survey work went on peacefully. Neither side created any obstruction. everything is normal. We (police commissioner and district magistrate) are closely monitoring the survey work.

Ganesh said, ‘Today’s survey has been completed. Tomorrow (Sunday) it will be started once again.

According to the Indian Express, after the conclusion of the commission’s survey on Saturday, advocate Sudhir Tripathi, representing Hindu women in the case, said, “The survey will continue tomorrow (Sunday) also.” Out of this, about 50 percent work has been done. With the cooperation of the administration and the opposition, the commission’s action continued for four hours. No hindrance was created by anyone. The report of the survey will be presented in the court.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma had said, ‘Authorised persons, including all the parties, their lawyers, advocate commissioners and videographers, have reached the spot. Survey has started in Gyanvapi Masjid premises.

On Saturday, over 1,500 policemen and PAC personnel were deployed to guard the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

According to officials, the movement of people has been stopped within 500 meters of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. He said that the police had also restricted the movement of vehicles from Godaulia and Maidagin areas.

Before entering the Gyanvapi Masjid premises, Hindu side advocate Madan Mohan Yadav said that Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra had directed all the members of the survey team to be present at gate number-4 of Vishwanath temple complex at 7:30 am. .

According to officials, special lighting and cameras have been arranged for videography of the premises. He said that the survey team includes the plaintiff, respondent, advocate associated with the case, advocate commissioner and additional advocate commissioner.

The Gyanvapi Masjid is located close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Dham and a local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers in front of idols on its outer walls.

District Magistrate Sharma had earlier said that an important meeting was held on Friday with all the concerned parties, in which they were appealed not to obstruct the work of the commission constituted by the court and cooperate in maintaining law and order.

Civil court judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, while dismissing the objection of the Muslim side, decided to conduct a survey inside the Gyanvapi mosque and not to remove the advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra appointed for this work.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Supreme Court refused to pass any order on an appeal seeking a stay on the recent order of a Varanasi court for surveying the Gyanvapi mosque.

According to the report of the Indian Express, senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid Committee, the management committee of the mosque, had reached the top court regarding the matter. Ahmadi had argued that the Varanasi court’s decision was contrary to the Places of Worship Act, 1991.

The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 states that the religious nature of the place of worship will continue as it existed on 15 August 1947.

However, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said that the court will have to examine the files of the case before listing the matter for hearing.

In response, Ahmadi demanded a status quo order to stop the survey from proceeding. However, CJI Ramana said that the court cannot allow it as it has not been made aware of the facts of the case.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate said that an important meeting of all the concerned parties was held on Friday and an appeal was made to all of them to cooperate fully in the work of the commission constituted by the court and maintain law and order. The lawyers of the Muslim side were also present in this meeting.

Syed Mohammad Yasin, Joint Secretary of ‘Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid’, which maintains the Gyanvapi Masjid, had said on Friday, ‘We have challenged the order passed by the court of Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar on Thursday in the Supreme Court. The court has said that it will go through all the files before passing any order on it. If he does not pass any order on this matter, then we can also approach the High Court.

Yasin had said, ‘Till then we will cooperate in complying with the order given by the district court.’

At the same time, Abhay Nath Yadav, counsel for the Muslim side, had said that no final decision has been taken yet to challenge the decision of the district court in the High Court. Any decision on this will be taken only after consultation with everyone.

According to the Indian Express report, on April 8, a Varanasi court had appointed Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra to survey the Maa Shringar Gauri site at the disputed site and asked him to videograph the work and submit a report.

On April 21, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition of the Masjid Committee challenging the order of the Varanasi Court. After this, on 26 April, the Varanasi court had ordered for videography of the disputed site back.

The survey did start on May 6, but it was stopped when the Masjid Committee appealed to the court alleging bias.

The court had directed the authorities to conduct a video survey and record of the place before May 10, while the mosque management committee ‘Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid Committee’ objected to the videography order here.

Abhay Nath Yadav, the lawyer for the Muslim side, had given an application in the court to get him replaced, questioning the impartiality of the Advocate Commissioner appointed for the videography survey.

Alleging that the buildings to be taken under the purview of the survey were shown by scrapping, he had said that the court had not given any order to dig or scrape and he was not satisfied with the survey proceedings that started on May 6.

After this, on May 12, the Varanasi court had dismissed the petition seeking removal of Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra, appointed for conducting survey-videography work of Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex.

The court had made it clear that videography would be done inside the Gyanvapi mosque as well.

Diwakar, a civil court judge (senior division), had appointed Vishal Singh as special advocate commissioner and Ajay Pratap Singh as assistant advocate commissioner, while rejecting the plea for removal of advocate commissioner Mishra.

He had also given instructions to submit the report by May 17 after videography of the entire campus.

It is noteworthy that Rakhi Singh and others, led by Jitendra Singh Visen, the office-bearer of Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh, filed a suit in the court in August 2021, offering regular darshan-worship of Shringar Gauri and other deities located near the western wall of Gyanvapi Mosque. Security was sought.

Along with this, a survey was requested from the court to know the actual position of all the temples and deities of the deities located in the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

(with input from news agency language)

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