24 Jul 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque: What Is Supreme Court Order On ASI Survey Of Mosque Premises

The Supreme Court ordered that the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex will not take place till 5 pm on July 26. The order of the district court will not be implemented till July 26. Meanwhile, the mosque committee was told it could approach the High Court. 

HC will give order by 5 pm of July 26

If a petition is filed by the Muslim side challenging the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi campus, a decision will have to be given by the High Court 5 pm on July 26. The Supreme Court has stayed the Gyanvapi survey up to this period only. Thus a speedy hearing is expected in this regard in the HC. The High Court will have to give its decision before the stay is over.

Masjid committee may file a petition in HC

The Masjid Committee may file a petition in the High Court to stop the survey in Gyanvapi Masjid. It is being said that the petition will be filed by Tuesday. The Masjid Committee has also decided to approach the Allahabad High Court after the Supreme Court's order.

Survey began at 7 AM but was stayed by SC

The Supreme Court has also stayed the decision of the district court. District Judge Dr. Ajay Kumar Vishwesh had ordered survey of other areas except the disputed Vaju Khana of Gyanvapi Masjid. In the order given to the ASI, the district judge had asked to submit the survey report by August 4. After this the ASI team reached Varanasi on Sunday. The survey work was started from 7 am on Monday.

Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Gyanvapi Masjid Committee in the Supreme Court, demanded a stay on the order of the district court. Huzefa Ahmadi told the court that the ASI survey of the mosque complex has started. We request that it be postponed for 2-3 days. 

After hearing the case, the Supreme Court ordered to stay it. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared on behalf of the UP government. He said that no excavation would be done by ASI. However, giving relief to the Muslim side, the Supreme Court passed an order to stay the survey till an appeal in the High Court.

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