The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list on July 21 a plea to allow the worship of Shivling stated to be found in the premises of the Gyanvapi mosque during its survey.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mention the writ petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India before the Chief Justice of India for listing the matter on July 21. The counsel said that the petition filed by the Anjuman Intezemia Masjid Committee (which manages the Gyanvapi mosque at Varanasi) challenging the commission survey ordered by the Varanasi Civil Court for the mosque is also listed on July 21.

“This is a petition to allow darshan and pooja of the shivling which has been found in the complex and also to direct the ASI to do carbon dating. The petition filed by Masjid Committee challenging the commission survey is coming up on 21st. Please list it along with that”, Jain submitted.

The CJI agreed to list the matter on July 21 along with the Masjid committee’s matter, which is listed before a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha .

On May 20, Top Court had directed for continuation of its interim order dated May 17 by which it clarified that the Varanasi Court’s order to protect the spot where a “shivling” was claimed to have been found would not restrict the right of Muslims to access the mosque to offer namaz and to perform religious observances. The Supreme Court had also transferred the suit filed by Hindu women seeking right to worship deities in the masjid premises to the Varanasi District Court from the Civil Judge Junior Division. The hearing in the suit is progressing in the Varanasi District Court.

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