Varanasi, May 19, 2022: Ajay Mishra, the lawyer appearing on behalf of the Hindu petitioners in the Gyanvapi Masjid case, on Thursday, May 19, said broken pieces of several idols of Hindu deities were found during a court-mandated survey earlier this week.
He said the debris, which seemed like rubble from a temple, even had a hood of “Sheshnag” (a large serpent in Hindu mythology). “I was not allowed into the basement. The debris seemed 500-600 years old,” Ajay Mishra told India Today/Aaj Tak in his first interview after submitting the survey report at a Varanasi court.
Ajay Mishra was part of the team that conducted a video survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid over three days. He alleged that the administration did not help in the survey and kept shrugging off responsibilities.
Mishra confirmed the presence of a dome-shaped structure on the mosque premises but said that he has not mentioned the same in his report. The structure is being claimed to be a Shivling by Hindus. The mosque committee has, however, refuted the claim, saying it’s a fountain.
Special court commissioner Vishal Singh, who, too, submitted a report to the court mentioned the structure. He said that many signs of the Sanatan culture were present inside the mosque. "Sanatan Dharma signs — such as lotus, damru (a small two-headed drum), trishul (trident) — were found on the walls of the basement," he said. The memory chip of the video of the survey was also submitted by the commissioner to the court.
The Varanasi court had earlier sacked the court commissioner Ajay Mishra. Mishra had allegedly hired a private cameraman, who has now been accused of leaking to the press.
Courtesy: India Today