In a case involving a request by Hindu petitioners to worship idols inside the mosque complex, a report of filming at the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi was submitted to a court this morning.
The team that filmed the mosque complex submitted the report in three folders in a sealed cover. Vishal Singh, the court-appointed commissioner, told NDTV that a chip containing videos and photographs from the filming was also handed over.
The Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition by the mosque committee challenging the Gyanvapi complex filming, has told the Varanasi court not to issue any orders for the time being. After the Hindu petitioners’ lawyers requested an adjournment, the Supreme Court said it would hear the case tomorrow.
A Varanasi court is hearing a petition from five Hindu women who want to worship idols on the outer walls of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, which is located next to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple.
A “Shivling” was discovered inside a pond traditionally used for “Wazoo” or Islamic purification rituals before namaaz, according to one of the lawyers involved in the filming at the mosque.
The Supreme Court has ruled that if a “Shivling” is discovered in the complex, the area must be protected, but Muslims must be allowed to pray at the mosque.
Advocate Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh, the top official in charge of the filming, said he stayed up all night to prepare the report, which included videos and photos from the event.
Advocate Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh, the top official in charge of the filming, said he stayed up all night to prepare the report, which included videos and photos from inside the mosque, including the basement.
“The court had entrusted us with a significant task, and we carried out the survey honestly, even in the sweltering heat and in filthy basements. We brought all parties, including petitioners and mosque representatives, so there would be no question of improper conduct “he said.
Three of the original petitioners will ask the court to remove debris piled against the mosque wall facing a Nandi idol at the Kashi Viswanath temple, as well as access and film more areas to establish what they believe are temple parts.
Ajay Mishra, who was in charge of the filming, was fired by a Varanasi court on Tuesday after the report was allegedly leaked by a “personal cameraperson” he had hired. In his place, a team member named Vishal Singh was appointed.