In the ongoing dispute between the Gyanvapi Mosque and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the five Hindu women who filed suit were given the report of a video investigation at the scene by a district court in Varanasi.
The contents of the report were released to the plaintiffs on Monday after they pledged not to copy the material provided to them and not to release it into the public domain without seeking permission from the court.
Lawyer Ranjana Agnihotri, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said the recognizance was submitted to the court as per the judge’s instructions.
Lead lawyer Mumtaz Ahmed, one of the lawyers for the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid committee, said they had undertaken before the judge not to copy the investigation report or release it to the public if they received it. . “We expect the report by tomorrow,” he said.
Significantly, the Masjid Committee had filed a motion in court requesting that the contents of the investigation and its report be shared only with those who are parties to the dispute. He said several parties were seeking access to those records even though they had nothing to do with the legal process.
Given the sensitivity of the issue, the Masjid Committee had requested that the report not be made public.
The developments came as District Judge AK Vishvesha’s court heard submissions from the committee challenging the maintainability of the complaint filed by the five Hindu women for the second day. After hearing submissions, the court released the case for hearing on July 4.
Mr Ahmed said they were continuing with their arguments and would likely need one more day to conclude.
Other parties have or are in the process of applying to the court to be involved in the lawsuit and presented as plaintiffs. A lawyer, Vijay Shankar Rastogi, has now filed for impeachment as Lord Vishveshwara’s ‘next friend’.
Lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay said he too is preparing to file an impeachment motion in the case at Varanasi District Court.