Filming Of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque Ends Day Before Court Deadline
The three-day videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, was completed a day before the case’s next hearing in court. The final day of filming began this morning amid increased security and restrictions in the vicinity of the complex.
“Today, the survey commission completed its work. It has meticulously filmed every location. Three domes, underground basements, and a pond have all been captured on video. The advocate commissioner will present his report to the court tomorrow, which the three commission members will prepare today. We will ask the court for more time if the report is not completed on time “According to government lawyer Mahendra Prasad Pandey, the entire process was peaceful.
No details of the commission’s survey of the Gyanvapi mosque were revealed, according to the Varanasi District Magistrate. “The information about the survey is kept by the court. Yesterday, one member was temporarily suspended from the commission, but was later reinstated “he said.
Around 65 percent of the survey was completed by Sunday.
The mosque is close to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, and a group of women has petitioned the local court for permission to pray daily before the idols on the mosque’s outer walls.
Five Hindu women have applied for year-round access to the mosque’s shrine. Once a year, the site is available for prayers. Permission to pray to other “visible and invisible deities within the old temple complex” is also sought by the women.
A portion of this survey was conducted on May 6, but it was halted after a disagreement arose over filming inside the mosque. The court had not ordered videography inside the mosque, according to the mosque committee. The petitioners’ lawyer, on the other hand, claimed that the court had approved the petition.
Following a hearing last week, the local court ordered that videography be allowed at all locations requested by the petitioners.
On the first day of filming, petitioners’ lawyer Vikram Shukla told that they were pleased with the proceedings.
“We gained access to all of the areas requested by the petitioners. We informed the commissioner, who then coordinated with the opposing side. There were clear orders that anyone who attempted to halt the process would face legal consequences, but nothing of the sort happened “Mr Shukla stated. A lawyer for the Gyanvapi Mosque Trust, which challenged the filming order in the Supreme Court, claiming it violated the Places of Worship Act, 1991, claimed nothing unusual was discovered during the survey. “Everyone went inside first, and two basement locks were opened, one of which was broken due to its age and rustedness. There were only ordinary rooms. I don’t believe anything significant was discovered “In an interview with NDTV on May 14, Mr Tauhwed said.
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