Gyanvapi SC hearing LIVE Updates: Case transferred to district judge

20 May, 2022 | Priyanka Sharma

The Supreme court will be hearing the Gyanvapi mosque plea at 3 pm today.

The Supreme court has transferred the case to District court and stated that the case should be tried before a senior and experienced judicial officer of UP Higher Judicial Service. It added that adequate arrangements need to be made for observance of wuzu.

Postponing the court hearing by a day, the apex court had earlier directed the trial court in Varanasi to not proceed with the hearing till Friday. All eyes are particularly on the Gyanvapi court hearing in SC today as it will set precedent to the Mandir-Masjid debate raging in the country.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had directed the district magistrate of Varanasi to ensure the protection of ‘Shivling’ in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex and lifted the restriction on the number of Muslims that can offer namaz at the Gyanvapi mosque.

NewsX on Thursday accessed the Gyanvapi mosque survey report, which revealed some startling revelations. As per reports, lotus and flower motifs can be seen on the walls of the Gyanvapi mosque. The elephant trunk is clearly visible. Two damaged pillars have been found in the complex. Remnants of a Hindu temple can be seen, as per the report.

Some other observations mentioned in the report include the removal of water from the ablusion pond, the discovery of a round-shaped black object 2.5 ft in length. The object was further examined to be 4 ft in length. There was also a discrepancy about how long ago the fountain had been submerged and not in use.