Gyanvapi mosque case Highlights: The Supreme Court on Friday transferred the Gyanvapi mosque case pending before civil judge, senior division, to the court of the Varanasi district judge for trial. Observing that a “slightly more mature” and “seasoned hand” should handle the Gyanvapi mosque case, the apex court suggested that the matter be heard by a district court in Varanasi. “A slightly more seasoned and mature hand should hear this case. We’re not making aspersion on trial judge. But more seasoned hand should deal with this case and it’ll benefit all parties,” the bench said.
Stating that the bench is on a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country, the court said once the commission report on the Gyanvapi mosque case is out, there cannot be selective leaks. “We are here in a joint mission to preserve a sense of unification in the country. Once commission report is there, there cannot be selective leaks. Do not leak things to the press. Only judge opens the report,” the SC bench said.
The Allahabad High Court Friday adjourned the hearing of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque case till July 6. The HC was hearing a petition challenging the suit pending in the Varanasi court regarding the dispute. As many as six petitions have been filed in the High Court over the matter. The Varanasi court will resume hearing the case on May 23.
The two reports on a videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, submitted in the Varanasi court Thursday, state that debris of old temples were found at the corner of the northern and western walls outside the barricading, and Hindu motifs such as bells, kalash, flowers and trishul were visible on pillars in the tehkhana (basement).