Gyanvapi Mosque Verdict: The court says the mosque survey will continue, with a report due by May 17

12 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The court will also determine today whether the commissioner in charge of the survey should be replaced and whether filming will be allowed inside the mosque.

The survey within the Gyanvapi mosque, which is located near to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, will continue, and the result must be presented by May 17, according to the court hearing the case today. Two more lawyers were added to the survey commission by the Varanasi court.

The court announced today that it will not replace the commissioner in charge of the survey. The counsel for the Gyanvapi mosque management committee, Abhay Nath Yadav, claimed that the court-appointed commissioner is prejudiced.

In April of this year, the court ordered an inspection in response to five Hindu women’s applications demanding year-round access to pray at a Hindu shrine behind the western wall of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Currently, the location is only open for prayers once a year. Permission to pray to other “visible and invisible deities within the old temple complex” is also sought by the women. The authorities were already ordered to produce a report by May 10 by the local court.

The assessment began on Friday but has yet to be completed due to a disagreement concerning videography within the mosque. The Gyanvapi mosque’s caretaker committee and lawyers have stated that any videography within the mosque is prohibited.