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The Supreme Court will hear the management of the Gyanvapi mosque's appeal against the survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi district on Tuesday. The apex court will hear the case amid a significant development: a Varanasi court on Monday ordered the district administration to seal the survey site inside the complex where the surveying crew purportedly discovered a 'Shivling.'

Meanwhile, according to reports, the Varanasi Commissioner would present the Gyanvapi mosque assessment report to the local court in a sealed packet on Tuesday.

A panel of Justices D Y Chandrachud and P S Narasimha will hear the case of the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, which handles the operations of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, according to the supreme court's amended list of business for Tuesday. A panel led by Chief Justice N V Ramana issued a written decision on Friday ordering the case to be heard by a bench led by Justice Chandrachud.

On Friday, the bench, however, denied the Muslim side's request for an interim order of status quo against the ongoing inspection of the sacred complex. However, the CJI-led bench agreed to consider scheduling a hearing on the plea.

"We believe it appropriate to direct the Registry to list the matter before the bench presided over by Dr Justice D Y Chandrachud," the bench, which also included Justices J K Maheshwari and Hima Kohli, stated in its ruling.

The mosque committee had filed a complaint against the survey being done at the site, and Ahmadi, acting for them, had requested an urgent interim injunction in the case.