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Gyanvapi mosque: Secure reported ‘Shivling’ area but don’t stop namaz, says Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Tuesday told the Varanasi District Magistrate to ensure the area in the iconic Gyanvapi mosque where the “shivling was found”, indicated in the impugned order, was protected, without impeding Muslims from coming to the mosque for namaz.

The apex court asked the Varanasi administration where exactly the shivling was found inside Gyanvapi mosque in the Uttar Pradesh city.

“Where exactly was the Shivling found?” Justice DY Chandrachud asked.

The top court’s question to the administration came while the hearing of a petition by the mosque committee that sought a direction to the Varanasi authorities to stop the survey of the mosque complex.

“We haven’t seen the report,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Uttar Pradesh government, replied.

He also sought time till tomorrow to return with details.

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