Gyanvapi Row: Varanasi Court Asks Muslim Side To Reply By Oct 11 On Shivling-Carbon Dating Plea

Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case: The Hindu side claimed that a 'Shivling' was found in the premises near the 'wazukhana' during the videography survey of the mosque premises.

Gyanvapi Row: Varanasi Court Asks Muslim Side To Reply By Oct 11 On Shivling-Carbon Dating Plea
A view of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi (ANI Photo)

THE VARANASI court on Friday deferred its verdict on the plea filed by the Hindu side seeking carbon dating of the structure they claimed to be a ‘Shivling’ found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque. The court asked the Muslim side to file their reply by October 11 in the matter. Earlier on September 29, the court had reserved the order in the Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case after hearing both sides’ arguments. 

According to the Hindu side, a 'Shivling' was found in the premises near the 'wazukhana' during the videography survey of the mosque premises, which was ordered by the court. However, the Muslim side said that the structure found was a 'fountain'. On September 22, the Hindu side had made a request for a carbon date of the object they claimed to be the Shivling.

Apart from this case, two more cases which could not be heard on Thursday due to the holiday will be heard today. First, pertaining to the demand from the court to worship the Shivling found in Gyanvapi, a case brought by Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwarananda.

The second is in connection with the case demanding to hand over the 'Shivling' site found in Gyanvapi to the Hindus. Hearing on both applications is to be held in the court of Senior Civil Judge Kumudlata Tripathi today.

Earlier on September 29, the Hindu side demanded a scientific investigation of the 'Shivling' by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the carbon dating of 'Argha' and the area around it.

Advocate Vishnu Jain representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi Masjid matter said, "The Hindu side demanded that the ASI conduct a scientific investigation of the 'Shivling'. We have also demanded a carbon dating of Argha and the area around it".

"Muslim side too presented its side before the Court, they said that carbon dating shouldn't be done. They said that it's a fountain & not a Shivling and it can't be ascertained", added Vishnu Jain.

Earlier, an appeal had been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Allahabad High Court which had dismissed a PIL that sought the appointment of a committee/commission under a judge to study the nature of the structure found in the Gyanvapi Mosque, Varanasi.

The Allahabad High Court had on July 19 dismissed their plea seeking the appointment of a committee/commission headed by a judge of the High Court or supreme court (sitting/retired) to study the nature of the structure found in the Gyanvapi Mosque.

On May 20, the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of the case related to worship at Gyanvapi mosque from the civil judge to the District Judge, Varanasi.

Earlier on September 12, the Varanasi Court had dismissed a plea of the Anjuman Islamia Masjid committee challenging the maintainability of the suit filed by five Hindu women seeking worshipping rights in the Gyanvapi mosque compound.

(With ANI Inputs)

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