3 Aug 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque: Allahabad HC Allows ASI Survey; UP Deputy CM Keshav Maurya Welcomes Decision; Muslim Side To Move SC

Praygraj: The ASI survey of Gyanvapi campus has been allowed by the Allahabad High Court of UP. The High Court has upheld the decision of the district court. Permission has been given for the survey. The High Court said that the ASI can do survey work in the Gyanvapi campus without damaging any part of the building.

Muslim side to move SC

The Gyanvapi Mosque Intezamia Committee has decided to challenge the order of the High Court in the Supreme Court. The counsel for mosque committee Mumtaz Ahmad said that after reading the copy of judgement, he would approach the Supreme Court. However the advocate for the Hindu petitioners, Vishnu Shankar Jain said that the High Court has allowed the survey and asked for immediate implementation of the session court order.  Senior advocate Hari Shankar Jain said that the ASI survey would find out the facts about the premises.

According to the information, it has been said by the High Court that survery is necessary in the interest of justice. The Allahabad High Court rejected the appeal of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which sought a stay on the survey.

Dismissing the petition on Thursday, the high court said there is no reason to not believe the ASI's assurance that the survey will not cause any damage to the structure.

It asserted that no digging should be done at the mosque as part of the survey.

The order of the district court for a survey on the disputed premises is just and proper, and no interference from this court is warranted, it added.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, who represented the Hindu side, told reporters that the high court said the district court's order on the ASI survey will become effective immediately.

"This is a very important decision by the high court. The argument by the Anjuman Intezamia that the survey will affect the structure (of the mosque) has been rejected by the court, which has dismissed its petition," he said.

The mosque committee had earlier argued that it did not get a chance to approach the high court, Jain said.

Therefore, the high court heard all its arguments before arriving at the decision that the district court order will be implemented with immediate effect, he said.

Earlier, the counsel for the mosque committee had submitted that the matter regarding maintainability of the suit is pending before Supreme Court and if the top court later comes to the conclusion that it is not maintainable, then the entire exercise will be futile.

Thus, the survey should be conducted after the Supreme Court's decision on maintainability of the suit, the counsel had said.

On the other hand, Jain has argued that the court had ordered the ASI survey to come to a logical conclusion.

Dispute will be resolved on the lines of Ram Janmabhoomi: Maurya

UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya has given his reaction regarding the decision of the High Court. He welcomed the decision of the High Court regarding the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex and said that he welcomes the decision of the court. The whole truth will come out from the ASI survey. He has full hope that the dispute of Gyanvapi will also be decided like that of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. The wishes of the devotees of Baba Bholenath are going to be fulfilled soon. 

Maurya further said that through the survey, the truth of the damage caused to the mosque by Mughal invaders will be revealHe also said that this matter is before the court. Whatever decision comes, we all will welcome it.

The survey was approved by the district court

The Varanasi district court had approved the survey in its judgment given on 21st of last month. However, before the survey, an appeal was made in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Intezamia Masjid Committee. In such a situation, while hearing this appeal from the Supreme Court, the committee was asked to go to the Allahabad High Court. The Supreme Court had given 2 days time for appeal in the High Court.

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