GYANVAPI MOSQUE SHIV LING CLAIM- Supreme Court Hearing- Live Updates

Update: 2022-05-20 08:38 GMT

The Supreme Court will hear today the Masjid Committee's plea challenging the survey ordered by a Varanasi Court in Gyanvapi mosque complex.

A 3-judge bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha to hear the Masjid Committee's challenge against Varanasi Court's orders at 3 PM today.

A Varanasi Court directed the sealing of a spot in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex after being told that a Shiva Linga was found inside premises by the court-appointed Advocate Commissioner during the survey.

Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Management Committee has moved Supreme Court challenging the survey ordered by a Varanasi court in Gyanvapi Mosque premises on a plea by a few Hindu devotees.

 On May 17, the Court had directed for protection of the spot where ShivLing was stated to be found and clarified that there will be no obstruction to the rights of Muslims for namaz & religious observances.

The plaintiffs before Varanasi court, who are Hindu devotees, have filed reply in Supreme Court disputing that the #Gyanvapi is a mosque and contending that the property has always vested with the deity.

Stay on this page for live-updates from the Court hearing :

Live Updates
2022-05-20 10:47 GMT

SLP of Masjid Committee kept pending. To be listed after vacations. Bench rises.

J Chandrachud : We hope everyone has a happy and healthy vacation.

2022-05-20 10:46 GMT

Bench says it will appropriately tweak the order after reading it.

Also, instead of REQUEST the District Magistrate, the bench states DIRECT the District Magistrate (for making wazu arrangements after consulting with parties)

2022-05-20 10:46 GMT

Ahmadi : I am saying let the O 7 Rule 11 be decided first.

Vaidyanathan : The hands of DJ can't be tied.

Kumar : It can't be that the other applications can't be decided till O7 Rule 11 is decided.

2022-05-20 10:42 GMT

SG: May consider adding that this has no bearing on the judge who has passed the order.

J Chandrachud : We have not said anything about the judge. We have said in a positive way that a senior and experienced person should handle.

2022-05-20 10:41 GMT

Order : The order which was passed by the CJ, Senior Division, Varanasi on May 16, 2022 shall stand subsumed by the terms of the orders of this court dated May 17 pending further orders.

2022-05-20 10:41 GMT

SG : There should be an alternate arrangement (for wuzu)

Ahmadi : Why should there be an alternate arrangement?

DYC : We have said arrangement, not alternate arrangement.

2022-05-20 10:40 GMT

Order : Unless adequate arrangements for observance of wuzu has been made by the District Magistrate, we request the District Magistrate, in consultation with the parties, to make appropriate arrangements for the observance.

2022-05-20 10:39 GMT

Order : The application filed under Order 7 Rule 11 CPC shall be decided on priority by the District Judge.

The interim order dated May 17 of this Court shall continue in operation till O 7 R 11 is decided and for a period of 8 weeks thereafter

2022-05-20 10:39 GMT

Order : We accordingly order and direct that the Civil Suit from Civil Judge Senior Division Varanasi shall stand transferred to District Judge Varanasi and all interlocutory applications shall stand transferred.

2022-05-20 10:38 GMT

Justice Chandrachud stating the order : Having regards to complexities involved in civil suit & the sensitivity we are of the view that the suit before the Judge, Varanasi should be tried before a senior and experienced judicial officer of UP Higher Judicial Service.


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