Prayagraj: The bench of Chief Justice Pritinker Diwaker of the Allahabad High Court today cleared the way for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi by rejecting the plea of the Anujam Intezamia Masajid Committee in this regard.
The Anujam Intezamia Masjid Committee had challenged the Varanasi district court order of July 21, 2023, for a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi complex by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) arguing that it would cause damage to the structure.
The High Court said there was no basis for disbelieving the affidavit which was filed by the ASI regarding the survey. In its affidavit, the ASI stated that not a single inch of damage would be caused to the structure of the Gyanvapi during its survey and mentioned that it had no intention of carrying out excavation in the complex.
Besides upholding the order of the lower court, the Allahabad High Court today also removed the stay on the survey. The Varanasi district court in its order on July 21 had directed the ASI to submit its report on August 4, 2023.
It may be recalled that following the lower court order, the Anujam Intezamia Masjid Committee had moved the Supreme Court, which in its interim order had stayed the lower court’s order, giving it time to file a petition in the High Court.
– global bihari bureau