4 Aug 2023

Gyanvapi Masjid Survey Begins; Supreme Court Will Hear Anjuman Intezamia's Petition Today

Varanasi:  After getting permission from the Allahabad High Court, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team has started surveying the Gyanvapi complex of Varanasi from 8 am on Thursday. This time there are 61 members in the ASI team. Means 40 members more than last time.

The Gyanvapi campus is divided into 4 blocks. Cameras are installed all around. Videography is being done. The west wall of Gyanvapi has maximum focus. Fine scanning of the wall is being done. Artifacts are being viewed.

Muslim side boycotts survey

The Hindu side has gone inside with the ASI, but the Muslim side has refused to join the survey. The Muslim side did not reach Gyanvapi. In view of Zuma, high alert has been kept in the state. A large number of forces have been deployed around Gyanvapi.

On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court had given permission to the ASI to conduct a scientific survey of Gyanvapi. Justice Pritinkar Diwakar said, 'Survey is necessary in the interest of justice. I do not see any merit in the argument that the ASI cannot reach the conclusion without digging the wall.

The court had rejected the petition of the Anjuman Intejamia Masjid Committee to stop the survey. Meanwhile, the Muslim side has moved the Supreme Court against the High Court's order. There will be hearing today.

The petition of the An.juman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which has reached the Supreme Court regarding the survey of Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, will be heard today i.e. on Friday.

Hearing in SC today

On Thursday, the Muslim side ie Anjuman Intezamia approached the Supreme Court after the Allahabad High Court allowed the Archaeological Survey of India to survey the mosque.

On Thursday morning, the Allahabad High Court had said that the survey of the Archaeological Survey of India will continue in the mosque premises.

After this, on Thursday evening, the committee requested the Supreme Court to stop the survey and appealed to hear the petition soon.

Now there will be a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday. The hearing will be cdone by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra.

Earlier on Thursday, the high court dismissed a petition filed by the Gyanvapi committee challenging a district court order directing the ASI to conduct the survey to determine if the mosque was built upon a temple.

The Varanasi district court order was issued on July 21 and was challenged by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee.

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