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Allahabad High Court allows ASI to conduct survey in Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi

  • Allahabad High Court rejects Gyanvapi mosque committee's challenge, allows ASI survey in Varanasi
  • Hindu representative, Vishnu Shankar Jain, satisfied with the court's ruling upholding the ASI survey
  • ASI survey expected to have a significant impact on the fate of the Gyanvapi mosque complex

03 Aug 2023

In a significant development, the Allahabad High Court has rejected the Gyanvapi mosque committee's challenge and granted permission to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to survey the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi. The court's decision comes after Chief Justice Pritinker Diwakar reserved the order on the committee's petition until today, following arguments presented by both parties.

Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi survey case, expressed his satisfaction with the court's ruling, stating, "Allahabad HC has said that the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex is to start. Sessions court order upheld by HC."

The survey, to be conducted by the ASI, is expected to play a crucial role in determining the future of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Responding to the verdict, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, the advocate for the Hindu side, emphasized the significance of the ASI's survey report, stating, "It will decide the fate of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. It will be quite significant."

The BJP MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, called for a prompt resolution, saying, "The decision should come as soon as possible otherwise talks keep happening. It will be good for the country if the final decision comes soon."

Echoing the sentiment of respecting the judiciary's decision, UP Minister Dharmveer Prajapati asserted, "We abide by the Constitution and judiciary. We all should follow the decision of the judiciary. Everyone should respect whatever is the result of (ASI) survey."

Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference (NC) President emphasized the unity of all religions, stating, "Be it a mandir or a mosque, god is one. You can either see him (god) in a mandir or a mosque..."


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