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Finish filming Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Mosque by Tuesday, court says: 10 facts

Video inspection of Gyanvapi Mosque will continue, Varanasi court heard today

The video inspection of the Gyanvapi Mosque, located next to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, will continue and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, a local court heard today.

Here’s your 10-point cheat sheet for this big story:

  1. The court said that videography can take place at any location requested by the petitioners. The applicants’ lawyers had asked to film the interior of the mosque, including its basement.

  2. The court had ordered an inspection in April this year over petitions by five Hindu women seeking one-year access to pray at a Hindu shrine behind the western wall of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi.

  3. The investigation is to be completed by May 17, the claimants’ lawyer told NDTV in court today.

  4. The petitioners’ lawyer, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, said NDTV’s locks would be broken to make way for investigators and action would be taken against anyone who tried to block the process. Members from both sides will go inside and investigate, the lawyer told NDTV.

  5. The court said today it had decided not to replace the commissioner overseeing the investigation. The plaintiffs’ lawyer told NDTV that the court had appointed two other commissioners for the investigation; in total there are three now.

  6. Abhay Nath Yadav, the lawyer for the Gyanvapi Mosque management committee, called the court order illegal and said lawyers would challenge it very soon.

  7. The site is currently open for prayer once a year. The women also want permission to pray to other “visible and invisible deities in the ancient temple complex”. The local court had previously ordered authorities to submit a report by May 10. The investigation which began last Friday could not be completed due to the dispute over the videography inside the mosque.

  8. The joint secretary of the mosque committee, Syed Mohammad Yasin, said yesterday that there were barricades all around the Gyanvapi Mosque and the petitioners wanted the videography to be taken by opening them.

  9. The applicants’ lawyer, Shivam Gaur, had claimed that in a video investigation order issued by the court on April 26, they could conduct the investigation by stepping inside the barricade. However, the mosque committee said the court gave no order for the videography inside the mosque, but only allowed it up to the courtyard, which is outside the mosque. barricades surrounding the mosque area.

  10. The mosque committee alleged that commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra earlier tried to do videography inside the Gyanvapi Mosque without a court order.