The Supreme Court on Monday, hearing the petition challenging the Gyanvapi mosque complex survey by ASI, made important observations and put a stay of two days on the ASI survey. Saying that some time should be given to the Muslim side, CJI DY Chandrachud said, “We’re of the view that some breathing time should be given. Impugned order shall not be enforced till 5 pm on 26 July. In the meantime, should the petitioners moved the HC, the RG of HC should ensure that it is placed before appropriate bench before status quo order ends,” which means that there will be an interim stay of two days on the ASI survey.
The court’s observation means that the Allahabad HC will hear the Muslim side petition against the survey on Wednesday. The court’s order came after argument by the Muslim side advocate Huzefa Admadi who argued, “I am being ambushed…Friday 4.30 the order was passed. A copy of order was not even given to me. I got it from media. I’m sought to be short circuted from even appellate… What is the tearing hurry to do it in 3 days?”
On Supreme Court’s order, Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi mosque case, reacted and explained their stand on the order. “Supreme Court has put a stay on the order of the District Court on survey of the Mosque complex and has asked the Allahabad Court to decide matter afresh. We will keep our argument in at Allahabad HC. The Muslim side, Anjuman Intezamia misled the SC and said that digging has started there, which is not true,” said Jain.