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ASI to submit Gyanvapi survey report in court on Friday

The ASI team also surveyed the inner and outer walls, the cellar and other parts of the premises barring the 'wuzukhana' (the place where the Muslims wash themselves before proceeding to offer prayers).
Last Updated : 16 November 2023, 13:33 IST

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Lucknow: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which conducted a scientific survey of the contentious Gyanvapi mosque premises in Varanasi, was likely to submit the report in the district court on Friday.

According to the lawyers of the litigants, ASI has completed the survey, which continued for more than 100 days. The report could be submitted to the district court in a sealed cover on Friday.

The court had initially directed the ASI to submit the report in September but the latter sought extension stating that the work was unfinished. The court then directed the ASI to submit the report by November 17.

The ASI, during the survey, which started on August 4, used ground penetrating radar and other scientific instruments to ascertain what lay beneath the surface of the Gyanvapi premises.

The ASI team also surveyed the inner and outer walls, the cellar and other parts of the premises barring the 'wuzukhana' (the place where the Muslims wash themselves before proceeding to offer prayers).

The survey of the Gyanvapi mosque premises began after the Allahabad High Court rejected the petition filed by the Muslim litigants seeking a stay on the Varanasi court's order for a survey by ASI.

The premises has been a bone of contention between the two communities for the past several decades, but there was a renewed clamour to ''take back'' the Kashi Vishwanath temple premises by the saffron outfits after the favourable decision of the apex court in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.

The Hindu petitioners contended that a part of the temple had been demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century.

The Muslim side contended that the mosque existed even before the reign of Aurangzeb and also claimed that the same had also been mentioned in the land records.

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Published 16 November 2023, 13:33 IST

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