The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The order of a civil court in Varanasi for a survey of the Gyanvapi mosque by the Archaeological Survey of India to ascertain whether a temple existed at the spot is violative of the extant law in the matter.

The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act enjoins the maintenance of status quo in all such religious places of worship.

The higher judiciary should immediately intervene to nullify the lower court order.