Gyanvapi case: Varanasi District Court to hear Hindu side's petition today2 min read 13 Sep 2023, 10:34 AM IST
Gyanvapi mosque case: Hindu side demands evidence room, reservation of premises, objections regarding ASI's use of machines. Multiple points to be heard in district court.
Varanasi District Court will hear the petitions in a case related to the Gyanvapi mosque case from the Hindu side today. According to ANI news agency, the Hindu side has demanded an evidence room to preserve the evidence collected during the ASI survey, to reserve the premises of the Gyanvapi, and objections by the Muslim side regarding the use of machines and equipment used by the ASI to conduct the survey.
Meanwhile, the next hearing on the petitions challenging the maintainability of the civil suit filed with regard to the ownership of the Varanasi Gyanvapi complex and the validity of the Allahabad High Court ordering a survey by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been scheduled for 18 September.
Yesterday, Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakarheard the petitions filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee and Sunni Central Waqf Board.
A Varanasi court on Friday granted four weeks’ additional time to the ASI to complete the scientific survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
The ASI was granted time till October 6, 2023, to complete the survey and submit its report.
Earlier, in August this year, the Allahabad High Court allowed the ASI to conduct a survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
It dismissed a plea by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, challenging the ASI survey of the mosque complex, adjacent to Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.
The scientific survey of the complex, excluding ‘wuzukhana’, began on August 4, following the Allahabad High Court's order, which allowed the ASI to conduct the survey to determine if the 17th-century mosque was constructed over a pre-existing structure of a Hindu temple.
The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order. However, the apex court declined to stay the scientific survey of the complex by the ASI.
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