Gyanvapi Mosque Case: ASI Set To Begin Scientific Survey Today

Representing the Hindu side, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi said that the court's decision is a turning point in the matter.
Gyanvapi Mosque
Gyanvapi Mosque

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is all set to begin the scientific survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex from Monday, as informed by the Varanasi district magistrate S Rajalingam.

The ASI team reached Varanasi with all the required equipment on Sunday. Rajalingam said, "We got the information from ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) that the survey will begin tomorrow...we have not been told about the timings yet...we are doing all the necessary preparations in terms of security."

It may be noted that a Varanasi Court had on Friday given directions to conduct an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, excluding the 'Wazukhana' area which is sealed.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain appearing for the Hindu side said, "I have been informed that my application has been approved and the court has given directions to conduct an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, excluding the Wazukhana which has been sealed. I think the survey can be completed within 3 to 6 months."

Also representing the Hindu side, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi said that the court's decision is a turning point in the matter. "Our application for the ASI survey has been accepted. It is a turning point in the case," he said.

The court pronounced its order on a petition filed by the Hindu side seeking direction for a “scientific survey” of the entire Gyanvapi mosque premises by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The petition was filed in May this year by five women who in another plea had earlier sought permission to pray at the “Shringar Gauri Sthal” inside the shrine complex. A structure — claimed to be a “Shivling” by Hindu side and a “fountain” by the Muslim side — was also found on May 16 last year during a court-mandated survey of the mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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