On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned a Varanasi court’s ban on Muslims attending the Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar Pradesh, which has been a source of contention between Hindus and Muslims.
The District Magistrate of Varanasi was ordered by Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha to ensure that the Shivling found from the Mosque complex during a court commissioner’s survey is protected.
It made it clear, however, that Muslims’ access to the mosque for prayers would not be restricted.
The Court then issued notice in the case and issued the following temporary order: “To avoid any misunderstanding or disagreement over the trial judge’s judgement, the operation and scope of the order dated May 16, 2022 will be limited to the degree that the DM Varanasi will ensure that the region where Shivling is found is properly protected. The following directive is not intended to restrict or obstruct Muslims’ access to the mosque or their use of it for prayer or religious observances.”