The Allahabad High Court, on Thursday, the 3rd of August, dismissed the challenge posed by the Gyanvapi mosque committee and granted permission to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI.)
The High Court upheld the orders of a lower court, which earlier allows the ASI to conduct a survey of the mosque complex in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
According to sources, in a hearing, the Allahabad High Court (HC) issued Chief Justice Pritinker Diwakar had reserved the court’s order on the committee’s petition until the 3rd of August. However, on Thursday, after hearing both parties, the High Court division bench gave a green signal to the ASI team, allowing them to conduct the controversial awaited survey.
The survey orders were in view of a petition filed by four Hindu women and an organization, demanding a survey of the mosque with the claims of Hindu ancients and a shilling in the mosque premises, claiming it to be a land of Hindu temple.
Representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi survey case, Vishnu Shankar Jain stated, “Allahabad HC has allowed the ASI survey of Gyanvapi mosque complex to commence, upholding the Sessions court order.”
Reacting to the High Court’s verdict, advocate Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, representing the Hindu side, remarked, “The fate of the Gyanvapi mosque complex will be determined by the survey report prepared by ASI. It holds great significance in the case.”
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