SC rejects plea to worship Shivling at Gyanvapi mosque

 Gyanvapi mosque

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down the plea seeking right to worship the ‘Shivling’ reportedly at the Gyanvapi mosque site in Varanasi during a survey. The apex court also rejected the petition for carbon dating of the ‘Shivling’ found at the mosque.

According to reports, a bench presided over by Justice D Y Chandrachud also deferred the hearing of a plea by Anjuman Intezemia Masjid Committee to October. The court further stated that it would wait for the outcome of the case being heard in the district court in Varanasi.

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The plea filed by the committee, which manages the Gyanvapi mosque, had challenged the survey report of the court-appointed Commission which inspected and conducted a video survey of the mosque.

On 17 May, the top court had directed the district magistrate of Varanasi to ensure protection of the area inside the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex where the ‘Shivling’ was reportedly found and allowed Muslims to offer ‘namaz’ and perform religious rites.