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Allahabad HC stays archaeological survey of Gyanvapi mosque

The single bench of Justice Prakash Pandia of the high court listed the case for October 8 while granting three weeks’ time to the respondents to file a counter-affidavit
Allahabad High Court.

Piyush Srivastava   |   Lucknow   |   Published 10.09.21, 02:53 AM

Allahabad High Court has stayed a lower court order of an archaeological survey of the areas in and around the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi city to find out whether it was built after a portion of the original Kashi Vishwanath temple had been destroyed.

The single bench of Justice Prakash Pandia of the high court listed the case for October 8 while granting three weeks’ time to the respondents to file a counter-affidavit. “Till the next date of listing, further proceedings of the original suit pending before the (Varanasi civil) court shall remain stayed,” Justice Pandia said.

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The Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, or the Gyanvapi mosque, had challenged in the high court the survey ordered on April 8 by civil judge, senior division, Ashutosh Tiwari.

Vijay Shankar Rastogi, the petitioner, had filed the original plea in 1991 claiming that a portion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple lay under the Gyanvapi mosque. Rastogi recently submitted that a survey was necessary to ascertain this. The civil court had asked the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct studies with radar technology.

The Gyanvapi mosque shares a compound with the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Sangh parivar outfits claim that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had got a part of the Kashi Vishwanath temple demolished in 1669 and had the mosque built over a well that contained a Shivalinga.

Right-wing Hindu groups have long threatened to have the mosque razed to resurrect the supposedly buried temple. The agenda received a boost after the November 2019 Ayodhya verdict of the Supreme Court.

The Gyanvapi Anjuman Intezamiya (management) Committee has throughout the pendency of the court case alleged a Right-wing conspiracy to bring the mosque down.



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