A Varanasi court will rule today on a lawsuit involving the inspection of the Gyanvapi mosque, which is located near to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.
In April of this year, the court ordered an inspection in response to five Hindu women's applications demanding year-round access to pray at a Hindu shrine behind the western wall of Varanasi's Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The authorities were already ordered to produce a report by May 10 by the local court. is still being investigated.
Two persons, including an army officer, were arrested in July of last year under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly giving confidential material to Pakistan's espionage agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The news came after a 34-year-old vegetable seller at the Pokhran Army base camp was arrested for reportedly obtaining secret documents from an army soldier in exchange for money and passing them on to the ISI.
The assessment began on Friday but has yet to be completed due to a disagreement concerning videography within the mosque. The Gyanvapi mosque's caretaker committee and lawyers have stated that any videography within the mosque is prohibited. However, the petitioners' lawyers believe they have the court's permission.
The court will also determine today whether the commissioner in charge of the survey should be replaced and whether filming will be allowed inside the mosque.
"The court-appointed commissioner's role is prejudiced, and there is no court order to enter the mosque," Abhay Nath Yadav, the lawyer for the Gyanvapi Mosque management committee, told media
"In a previous instance, a civil judge determined the mosque to be Muslim property. No one has filed a lawsuit to have the mosque demolished "Mr. Yadav said.
Lawyer representing women petitioners Subhash Ranjan Chaturvedi expressed optimism that the court will conduct a survey inside the mosque as well.