GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

The Supreme Court on 17 May 2022 directed the Varanasi administration to protect and seal the exact area where a Shivling was found inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex during a video survey. The top court, however, directed the authorities to ensure that Muslims are not prevented from entering the mosque to offer namaz prayers.

Key point of order

  1. The court also said there should not be any restriction on the number of Muslims entering the complex for prayer or any other religious ritual.
  2. The bench was hearing a plea of the committee of management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, which manages the affairs of Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.
  3. The area where Shivling is found shall be protected. The order shall not in any manner restrict or impede the entry of Muslims to mosque for namaz or religious observances.
  4. The SC order overruled a trial judge ruling allowing entry to only 20 Muslims to enter the mosque for namaz.
  5. The apex court issued a notice to the plaintiff on whose plea the trial court had ordered the survey of the mosque and posted the matter for further hearing on 19 May 2022.