Important verdict in Gyanvapi-Masjid case


Varanasi: The Varanasi court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Friday with regard to a petition filed by the Hindu side, seeking carbon dating of the structure, which they claimed to be a ‘shivalinga’ found inside the Gyanvapi mosque.

The court had earlier reserved the verdict on September 29 after hearing the arguments of both the parties in the Gyanvapi Masjid-Shringar Gauri case. A bench of Varanasi District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishwesh will pass the order.

The Hindu side had earlier claimed that a ‘Shivling’ was found in the premises near ‘Vazukhana’ during a videography survey of the mosque premises, which was ordered by the court. The Muslim side, however, maintained that the structure found was a ‘fountain’. The Hindu side then submitted an application on September 22 seeking carbon dating of the object which claimed to be a Shivalinga.

Carbon dating is a scientific process that determines the age of an archaeological object or archaeological discoveries.

Apart from this case, two more cases could not be heard on Thursday due to holiday today. First of all, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwaranand regarding the demand from the court to worship the Shivling found in Gyanvapi.

Second in the matter of demand for handing over the ‘Shivling’ site found at Gyanvapi to Hindus. Both the applications are to be heard in the court of Senior Civil Judge Kumudalata Tripathi today.

Earlier on September 29, the Hindu side had demanded a scientific investigation of the ‘Shivalinga’ and carbon dating of ‘Argha’ and its surrounding area by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Advocate Vishnu Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi Masjid case, said, “The Hindu side demanded that the ASI conduct a scientific investigation of the ‘Shivling’. We have also sought carbon dating of Argha and its surrounding area.

“Muslim side also presented their side before the court, they said that carbon dating should not be done. They said it is a fountain and not a Shivling and cannot be traced”, said Vishnu Jain.

The advocate further said that there is no wear and tear on the Hindu side, rather all Hindus demand only one thing that the Shivling should be scientifically examined without causing any harm.

Earlier, an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Allahabad High Court, which dismissed a PIL under a judge to study the nature of the structure found at Gyanvapi Masjid, Varanasi. Appointment of a committee/commission was demanded. ,

The appeal, filed by seven pilgrims, has sought a direction to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to ascertain the nature of the structure found in the Gyanvapi complex.

The Allahabad High Court had on July 19 dismissed his plea seeking appointment of a committee/commission headed by a High Court or Supreme Court judge (sitting/retired) to study the nature of the structure found in the Gyanvapi Mosque. .

The PIL filed before the High Court has sought direction from a committee to ascertain whether a Shivling, as claimed by Hindus, was found inside the mosque or if it is a fountain claimed by Muslims. .
The appeal in the top court said that the Allahabad High Court had made a mistake in dismissing the petition.
On May 20, the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of the matter related to the worship at the Gyanvapi Masjid from the civil judge to the district judge of Varanasi.
Earlier on September 12, the Varanasi Court had dismissed the petition of the Anjuman Islamia Masjid Committee challenging the sustainability of the suit filed by five Hindu women seeking the right to worship in the Gyanvapi Masjid premises.

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