Gyanvapi case: SC to consider listing Mosque Committee’s plea on ASI survey

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to consider listing the plea filed by the management committee of Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi against Allahabad High Court’s ruling that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) can survey the mosque premises, except for ‘wuzu khana’.

“The High Court has pronounced the order in the matter that Milords has remanded to them. We filed an SLP (special leave petition) against that. We sent the email as per the protocol (SoP for mentioning),” said advocate Nizam Pasha, appearing for the Mosque Committee, while mentioning the matter for urgent listing.

“I will look into the email right away,” responded Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, agreeing to consider listing the matter urgently.

In anticipation of the appeal, the Hindu plaintiffs have also lodged a caveat, or a notice submitted to an appellate court by a litigant who wishes to be heard in case any orders are issued regarding an opponent’s appeal that challenges the decision or judgment made by the lower court.

In its order passed earlier, the High Court dismissed the plea moved by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee challenging the order passed by Varanasi District Court directing the Archaeological Survey of India to survey the barricaded area of the mosque premises, barring the sealed area.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakar of the high court brushed aside the Mosque Committee’s apprehensions that the survey may result in damage to the structure.

The Mosque Committee had told the high court that the historic structure may fall during the ASI survey. On the other hand, the ASI had maintained that radar mapping will not affect the structure of the mosque.

On July 21, the district court directed the ASI to ascertain whether the mosque was built over a pre-existing Hindu temple, holding that the scientific investigation is “necessary” for the “true facts” to come out.

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