Varanasi court today gave two days to the team appointed to survey the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex to submit its report before the court.
One of the three commissioners it had appointed – Ajay Mishra- was also removed by the court. Mishra’s assistant had reportedly leaked info about the survey to the media.
Cremoved advocate commissioner Ajay Mishra on grounds of non-cooperation, an official said.
“Ajay Mishra, the advocate commissioner has been removed by the court,” assistant advocate commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh told PTI.
Vishal Singh and Ajay Pratap, the two other officers in the team, will continue as Court Commissioner and Deputy Court Commissioner respectively.
The Supreme Court today ordered the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was discovered while allowing Muslims to attend namaz at the mosque.
During today’s Supreme Court hearing, Muslim petitioners questioned how the city court could order the location to be sealed since the committee that assessed the complex had not yet completed its report.
Next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple lies the Gyanvapi mosque. Five ladies have petitioned the court to allow daily prayers in front of idols on the temple’s outer walls, as well as other “visible and unseen deities within the historic temple compound.” Once a year, the place is available for prayers.