‘The work of measuring inside the Gnanavapi Mosque was done quietly’
According to a court order, the videotaping of the Gnanavapi Mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, was carried out peacefully with heavy police security. The work will continue on Sunday, officials said.
‘No one objected to measuring and videotaping it inside the Gnanavapi mosque. The measuring task took place quietly. Varanasi Police Commissioner Satish Ganesh said, “All parties have given good cooperation.”
About 1,500 police were deployed on security duty. 500 meters from the Gnanavapi Mosque, the movement of the public and the traffic in the nearby areas were stopped.
Earlier, the district administration held a consultative meeting with all parties on Friday in order to carry out this measurement process peacefully.
Following this, the measuring work started at 7.30 am on Saturday, said Mohan Yadav, a lawyer representing the Hindus.
Earlier, the court had dismissed a petition filed on behalf of the Gnanavapi Mosque seeking the transfer of Ajay Kumar Misra, who was appointed as the Attorney General by the court in this measuring committee.
The court appointed two more lawyers to assist Ajay Kumar Misra and ordered the completion of the measurement process by Tuesday.
Next week trial:
The apex court on Friday refused to issue an immediate order on a petition filed against the work of measuring inside the Gnanavapi mosque. However, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court NV Ramana had assured that he would consider hearing the petition on the matter.
In this context, the petition related to the Gnanavapi Masjid will be heard by a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrasooty next week, the apex court hearing list said on Saturday.
A petition was filed in the Varanasi District Court in 1991 seeking renovation of the temple at the Gnanavapi Mosque.
The fast-track court hearing the case asked, ‘Was the temple demolished and the mosque built?’ Ordered by the Archaeological Survey of India on April 8 last year.
The Allahabad High Court has stayed the district court order in the case filed by the Sunny Waqf Board and Anjuman Indajamiya Masjid.
In this context, District Judge Ravi Kumar Diva, who heard the petition seeking permission to worship the idols on the wall of the Gnanavapi Mosque next to the Kasi Vishwanath Temple, ordered the committee to measure the mosque, record the video and set up a committee on May 12 to file a report by May 17.
Measuring inside the mosque was halted after protests erupted inside the mosque over the recording of the video inside the mosque and the transfer of a lawyer who was part of the group.
Places of worship should not be relocated: Congress
Udaipur, May 14: Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram has said that a change in places of worship could lead to major clashes and that the Prime Minister’s Narasimha Rao regime had introduced a law on places of worship to prevent this.
“All places of worship in the country should not be changed,” he told reporters. This can lead to major conflicts. To prevent this, the government of former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao passed the Worship Act after lengthy deliberations. But only Ramjenma Bhoomi was exempted from this. ‘