The ASI survey will continue at Gyanvapi Masjid as the Supreme Court rejects the Muslim side’s petition and declares it necessary for justice.
On July 21, the Varanasi District Judge had ordered an ASI survey at Gyanvapi. The Muslim side first challenged the ASI’s decision in the Supreme Court, then in the High Court. The High Court has now dismissed the petition. The Allahabad High Court stated that the ASI investigation was necessary in the interests of justice. It must be implemented under certain conditions.
The Allahabad High Court issued an important verdict on Thursday concerning the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. The Court gave the green light to the ASI’s investigation of the Gyanvapi Masjid, rejecting the petition filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee. In fact, on July 21, the Varanasi District Judge had ordered an ASI investigation into Gyanvapi. The Muslim side first challenged the ASI’s decision in the Supreme Court, then in the High Court. The High Court has now dismissed the petition. The Allahabad High Court stated that the ASI investigation was necessary in the interests of justice. It must be implemented under certain conditions.
In fact, District Judge AK Vishwesh ordered a scientific survey of the mosque premises on Friday. The ASI was to submit the survey report to the Varanasi District Court by August 4. Following this order, the ASI team went to Gyanvapi on Monday to carry out the survey. However, the Muslim side petitioned the Supreme Court to prohibit the survey. The Court adjourned the inquiry for two days.
Following the High Court order, the ASI will conduct an investigation on the Gyanvapi campus.
It is believed that the Muslim side may approach the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court’s decision. Previously, the Muslim side had also appealed to the Supreme Court against the District Court’s decision. However, the Supreme Court then requested that the case be referred to the High Court.
ASI is expected to do the right investigation. Human beings must unite. At the same time, he countered CM Yogi’s statement not to call Gyanvapi a mosque, saying that for 350 years there have been 5-waq prayers, so what happens if we don’t call it a mosque? No damage should be done to this monument in the course of the survey. Today, our country is in dire need of communal harmony and national integration. Whatever the decision of the inquiry, we will accept it, but this decision must be accepted by all parties.
The Supreme Court transferred the case to the district judge and asked him to issue a verdict on whether to uphold the lawsuit after holding a regular hearing. The Muslim side argued that, under this provision and from the perspective of the 1991 Places of Worship Act, this action is not admissible and therefore cannot be heard.
Subsequently, four of the five plaintiffs filed a petition in May of this year. This petition requested that, with the exception of the disputed part of the Gyanvapi Masjid, the entire complex be examined by the ASI. On this point, District Judge AK Vishwesh, while delivering his verdict, ordered that an ASI investigation be carried out.