Hours after one of the lawyers surveying the Gyanvapi mosque claimed that a shivling had been found in a well inside the premise, a civil court issued an order to seal the area and prohibit entry of people in the area.
Earlier, lawyer Vishnu Jain told Aaj Tak/India Today TV over the phone, that a shivling was found inside the well. He said he would go to civil court to seek its protection.
The shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter. An advocate from the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, claimed that the shivling is Nandi faced.
SM Yasin, joint secretary of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages Gyanvapi Mosque, said, ” We strictly followed the order by the court and fully cooperated in the survey. I am deeply pained that the people associated with petitioners are making claims which suit them and leaking details of proceedings of the survey.”
The civil court had appointed a court commissioner to conduct the survey and videography of the site and the same was challenged before Allahabad High Court, which dismissed the appeal on April 21. The April 21 order of the high court was challenged in the apex court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is likely to hear the Anjuman Intazamia Masjid Committe’s appeal against the Varanasi Court’s order directing survey of Gyanvapi mosque.