1 Apr 2024

Dhar Bhojshala: What Supreme Court said while rejecting Muslim side's plea to stop ASI survey?

Today, Monday, is the 11th day of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) survey of Bhojshala located in Dhar. The Muslim side has received a setback from the Supreme Court. The Court has refused to stop the scientific survey of Bhojshala complex in Madhya Pradesh. Now it has become clear with this decision that the ASI survey will continue in Bhojshala.

Making a special comment, the Supreme Court said that without our permission no action will be taken on the basis of the ASI report. There should not be any excavation there which would change the religious character. In this case, the court has issued notice to all the parties.

On Monday, the Supreme Court bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra held a hearing and said that no physical excavation should be done which may change the appearance of the structure or cause damage to the structure. 

The Supreme Court also said that no action will be taken on the results of the ASI survey without the permission of this court. Along with this, the Supreme Court has issued notice to the Hindu and Muslim parties and sought their reply within 4 weeks.

High Court had ordered scientific survey

After the order of Indore Bench of MP High Court, ASI survey is going on in Dhar Bhojshala from March 22. The court had said in the decision that a detailed scientific investigation should be done by carbon dating method, so that it could be ascertained how old the structures both above and below the ground are and their age can be foud. The court had also said that both Hindu and Muslim parties should be present during the survey. 

This order of the Supreme Court has come on the petition of Maulana Kamaluddin Welfare Society challenging the March 11 scientific survey order of Madhya Pradesh High Court. The soil and stones collected during the excavation in MP survey were being kept safe by the ASI. The survey work started on March 22.

Both Hindus and Muslims are claiming this ancient complex. Hindus consider Bhojshala to be the temple of Vagdevi i.e. Saraswati, while the Muslim side calls it Kamal Maula Masjid. According to the order issued by ASI on April 7, 2003, Hindus have been allowed to worship in Bhojshala every Tuesday. The Muslim side offers namaz at this place every Friday. Madhya Pradesh High Court had ordered ASI to conduct a scientific survey on the petition of 'Hindu Front of Justice'.

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