A Varanasi court hearing the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case on Thursday posted the matter to May 23 for the next hearing. Both the parties filed their objections and counter-objections on Thursday. In view of the Supreme Court’s order to the lower court not to proceed with the matter till Friday, it fixed May 23 for the next hearing, Madan Mohan Yadav, the lawyer representing the Hindu side, said.
Two petitions filed in the Gyanvapi case were to be heard on Wednesday, but due to a lawyers’ strike over the remarks of a special secretary-level official, the hearings could not be held. The strike call was given by the Banaras Bar Association and the Central Bar Association and the hearing was scheduled on the same on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Rekha Pathak, Manju Vyas and Sita Sahu had filed an application in the court, stating that there is a basement in the wall on the east side of the place where a Shivling is situated, which has been sealed with brick, stone and cement, while the basement in front of the face of Nandi is covered with brick stone sand, bamboo debris and the court-appointed team should carry out its work by getting it removed. They had also asked for orders to the commission to report the length, width and height of the Shivling, besides to open the door of the west wall, which has been covered with debris inside the barricading, and to carry out its work there.
Accepting the application, the court had said it would hear the matter on Wednesday. Another petition was filed on Tuesday on behalf of District Government Advocate Mahendra Pandey, demanding removal of fish from the water of a man-made pond located on the premises of the mosque and the shifting of the pipeline of the “wazoo khana”, which was to be heard by the court.