Protest and Boycott by Muslim Side in Gyanvapi Survey Amidst Tight Security Measures (Supreme Court)
Varanasi, July 24 (City Times): The Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) planned ‘scientific survey’ of the Gyanvapi complex came to a halt on Monday following an interim order by the Supreme Court, which stayed the Varanasi district court’s directive for the survey.
ASI Team’s Entry into Gyanvapi Complex
In accordance with the Varanasi court’s order, a team of nearly 30 ASI members, accompanied by lawyers representing the Hindu side and four female plaintiffs, entered the Gyanvapi complex, located adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Protest by Muslim Side
However, the counsel for the Muslim side and members of the Anjuman Intezamia Committee, responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of the Gyanvapi mosque, boycotted the exercise as a mark of protest against the court-ordered survey.
Tight Security Arrangements
To maintain law and order during the ASI survey, Commissioner of Police (CP) Ashok Mutha Jain deployed a large police force, including PAC personnel and central forces, in and around the complex.
Survey Details and SC Interim Order
The survey commenced at 7:15 am and concluded at 11:15 am, with lawyers from the Hindu side and four Hindu women plaintiffs being present during the process. The Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chadrachud, granted an interim stay on the Varanasi district court’s order until 5:00 PM Wednesday, stating that time was needed for an appeal.
Anjuman Intezamia Masjid’s Challenge
The Apex Court’s interim order followed a mention made by Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, challenging the Varanasi district court’s directive for the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, situated adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Varanasi District Court’s Previous Order
Earlier on July 21, District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha ordered the ASI to conduct a ‘scientific survey’ of the Gyanvapi mosque complex and submit a report by August 4, after hearing arguments from both the Hindu and Muslim counsels involved.