In Uttar Pradesh, a Varanasi court has ordered the district administration to ensure the completion of the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque by May 17 and submit a detailed report before it.
The court has rejected the Anzuman Intezamia Masjid Committee’s petition seeking the removal of the advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra who is entrusted with carrying out the survey.
The court has also appointed a special advocate commissioner and an assistant advocate commissioner to carry out the survey work.
As per the court’s directive in the last week of April this year, the survey of the Gyanvapi premises began on May 6 amidst protests. The survey was stopped on the next day and Anzuman Intezamia Masajid Committee filed a petition in the court requesting a change of court-appointed advocate commissioner.
A counter-petition was also filed the next day, praying the court to issue an order for the completion of the videography of the mosque premises including the basement.
The case pertains to a petition filed a year back in which the petitioners have asked for permission for daily worship and performing rituals at Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri temple premises.