Varanasi: Survey-videography work of Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh started once again on Saturday morning amid tight security arrangements. Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma gave this information. “Authorised persons, including all the parties, their counsel, advocate commissioner and videographer have reached the spot. The survey has started in the Gyanvapi Masjid premises.” The Gyanvapi Masjid is located close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Dham and a local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers in front of idols on its outer walls.
District Magistrate Sharma had earlier said that an important meeting was held with all concerned on Friday, in which they were appealed not to obstruct the work of the commission set up by the court and cooperate in maintaining law and order. Varanasi Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh also told PTI that the survey-videography work has started. Civil court judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, while dismissing the objection of the Muslim side, decided to conduct a survey inside the Gyanvapi mosque as well and not to remove the advocate commissioner Ajay Mishra, appointed for this work.
Earlier, Syed Mohammad Yasin, joint secretary of 'Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid', which maintains the Gyanvapi Masjid, said in a conversation with PTI-language on Friday, "We have passed the order passed by the court of Civil Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar on Thursday. The order has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The court has said that it will go through all the files before passing any order on it. If he does not pass any order on this matter then we can also approach the High Court."
Yasin had said, "Till then we will cooperate in the implementation of the order given by the district court." There itself, Abhay Nath Yadav, counsel for the Muslim side, had said that no final decision has been taken yet on whether to challenge the district court's decision in the high court. Any decision on this will be taken only after consultation with everyone. It is noteworthy that the Varanasi court had on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking removal of the advocate commissioner appointed for conducting survey-videography of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex on charges of favoritism. The court had made it clear that videography would be done inside the Gyanvapi mosque as well. The civil court judge (senior division) Diwakar, while rejecting the plea for removal of advocate commissioner Ajay Mishra, appointed Vishal Singh as special advocate commissioner and Ajay Pratap Singh as assistant advocate commissioner. He had instructed to submit the report by May 17 after videography of the entire campus.