The Supreme Court has extended its earlier order to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was stated to be discovered during the court survey at Gyanvapi mosque complex, Varanasi.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices Surya Kant and PS Narasimha said its interim order of May 17 will continue to remain in operation till further orders, reported PTI .
The bench in its order stated, “We direct that pending further orders, the interim order dated May 17 shall continue to remain in operation till further order.”
On May 17, the Supreme Court by an interim order directed to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was found and granted access to Muslims for namaz shall continue in operation till maintainability of the suit is decided by the Varanasi court and thereafter for eight weeks to enable parties to pursue legal remedies.
As the interim order expires on November 12, the Hindu side has filed an application for an extension of the order.
Varanasi district court on September 12 had held that the suit was not barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and rejected the application filed by the Muslim side under Order 7 Rule 11 (rejection of plaints).