The commission tasked with the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid premises seeks additional time from the court to submit its report as it will take more time an official said. The court had earlier asked the commission to submit the report by May 17.
Assistant Advocate Commissioner, Ajay Pratap Singh, said, “As per the orders of the court, the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex took place from May 14 to May 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and its report was to be submitted to the court.” “However, we are not submitting the report in the court today (Tuesday) since it is not prepared. We will seek additional time from the court, and whatever time the court gives, we will submit then,”
He informed that 50% of the report is ready. Mr. Singh said during the survey underground rooms were surveyed and locks of rooms for which keys were not available broken. “Open as well as closed ‘makhanas’ (underground rooms) were surveyed, and locks of ‘taikhanas’, whose keys were not found, were broken by the district administration. They were captured in the videos and photographed,” Mr. Singh said.
When asked about the ‘wazookhana’ in the mosque complex, Mr. Singh said, “I cannot comment on it. But, definitely, there was something due to which the Hindu side made a claim on it and the court gave its orders after taking cognizance of it.”
Yesterday, the Local Court had ordered the sealing of a pond in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners said a Shivling was found there during the court-mandated videography survey.
In his order on May 12, District Civil Judge Diwakar had turned down a plea by the mosque committee to replace Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was appointed advocate commissioner by the court to survey the Gyanvapi-Gauri Shringar complex.
The judge also appointed two more advocates to help the court commissioner with the survey and said it should be completed by May 17.
The Supreme Court had on May 13 refused to grant an interim order of status quo on the survey. The top court, however, agreed to consider listing the plea of a Muslim party against the survey.
Three court-appointed advocate commissioners, five lawyers each from the two sides, and an assistant besides a videography team carried out the survey.
The mosque is located close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers before the idols on its outer walls.
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