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Gyanvapi mosque row: Advocate says ‘Shivling’ claim misleading, to challenge court order

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Reported by Sudhir Kumar | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

An advocate of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee that manages the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday said petitioners’ claim about a ‘Shivling’ is misleading. 

Stating that there is no Shivling in the Wajookhana, Rais Ahmad Ansari said, “There is only a fountain in the wajookhana in the Gyanvapi mosque. The structure, which the petitioners are claiming to be a Shivling is a fountain. It is a misleading claim.”

His statement came hours after a court in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi ordered that a pond in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex be sealed over the Shivling claims and prohibit the entry of any person to the area. 

Rais said this was ex-party order by the court and was given in a hurry. “We are not satisfied with the order and will challenge it soon,” said Ansari.

A Supreme Court bench, led by Justice DY Chandrachud, is set to hear on Tuesday an appeal filed by the masjid committee against the Allahabad High Court’s order allowing a court-appointed commissioner to inspect, conduct a survey and videography of the Gyanvapi Mosque. 

The mosque where Hindus have claimed worship rights is close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple

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