19 Jan 2023

Gyanvapi Case: High Court To Hear Petition Demanding Carbon Dating Of Alleged Shivling

Prayagraj: An important hearing is to be held in the Allahabad High Court on Thursday on a petition demanding a scientific survey of the alleged Shivling recovered from the Gyanvapi campus of Varanasi through carbon dating. 

ASI has not yet filed its affidavit

There will be a hearing on this matter in the single bench of Justice JJ Munir Thursday afternoon. In this case, ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has not yet filed its affidavit. 

ASI wants more time of eight weeks to file its reply. Earlier, the High Court had asked the ASI whether carbon dating could be done without causing harm tro the alleged Shivling.

Hindu side has filed petition  in HC against lower court's decision

It may be noted that a petition has been filed in the High Court demanding that the scientific survey of the alleged Shivling be conducted by the ASI. On 16 May 2022, during the proceedings of the commission, the alleged Shivling was recovered. The Hindu side has filed this petition against the lower court's decision not to allow carbon dating.

Varanasi District Judge Did Not Allow Carbon Dating

In fact, on October 14, 2022, the District Judge Varanasi rejected the application demanding carbon dating. Challenging this order, a civil revision has been filed on behalf of petitioners Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas and Rekha Pathak. 

In the last hearing held on November 30, the court had asked the ASI whether carbon dating could be done without causing damage. ASI has to file its reply in this matter. Apprehension was expressed that the alleged Shivling could be damaged by carbon dating. After which the Varanasi court rejected the application for conducting a scientific survey.

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