SC to hear plea against Gyanvapi mosque survey
May 14, 2022  09:54
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud in the Supreme Court will hear the plea seeking a stay on the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. 

The order directing the registry to list the matter before Justice Chandrachud was uploaded on the Supreme Court website on Friday night, where Chief Justice of India NV Ramana directed that matter be listed before Justice Chandrachud. 

"Upon being mentioned by Huzefa Ahmadi, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner, we deem it appropriate to direct the registry to list the matter before the bench presided over by Dr Justice DY Chandrachud," the order stated. 

On Friday, senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by CJI Ramana asking to order status quo in the case pending before the Varanasi civil court. 

The bench, however, had refused to grant status quo in the case, saying that it was not aware of the issue, as it had not seen the papers then. 

"We have not seen the papers. We don't even know what is the matter. I don't know anything... how can I pass an order. I will read and then pass orders... let me see," said the CJI. Ahmadi appearing for the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid committee that manages the Gyanvapi mosque sought an order of the status quo, saying "survey has been directed in relation to Varanasi property". 

This is covered by the Places of Worship Act. Now the Court has ordered the Commissioner to conduct a survey. -- ANI
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