Gyanvapi Case Verdict: The Muslim side has also filed counter affidavit on ASI's affidavit. In the court on July 27, ASI's Additional Director General Alok Tripathi again made it clear that the survey will not cause any damage to the construction. State-of-the-art technology will be used in the scientific survey. Additional Solicitor General Shashi Prakash Singh presented the affidavit filed in this regard.
Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its verdict on Thursday on the petition of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Varanasi against the order of the Varanasi District Judge to conduct a scientific survey by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Gyanvapi Complex in Varanasi. Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakar is likely to pronounce the judgment after the lunch break. The Supreme Court, while staying the order of the Varanasi District Judge, had ordered the High Court to conduct a hearing. The hearing was held in the High Court from 25 to 27 July.
The Muslim side has also filed counter affidavit on ASI’s affidavit. In the court on July 27, ASI’s Additional Director General Alok Tripathi again made it clear that the survey will not cause any damage to the construction.
State-of-the-art technology will be used in the scientific survey. Additional Solicitor General Shashi Prakash Singh quoted the affidavit filed in this regard. Arguing on behalf of the mosque, senior advocates SFA Naqvi and Puneet Gupta, while showing the photograph of ASI coming with spade and spade, expressed the apprehension of demolition of the building due to the survey.
On July 21, the District Judge of Varanasi had directed the ASI survey of areas other than Vujukhana and Shivling in Gyanvapi campus. On July 24, on the petition of the Muslim side against this, the Supreme Court, while staying the survey till July 26, advised them to go to the Allahabad High Court.
A PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court with the demand to seal the entire Gyanvapi campus in Varanasi and ban the entry of non-Hindus there. The petition has been filed through advocate Saurabh Tiwari on behalf of Jitendra Singh Visen and others.
The Mosque side went to the High Court regarding the expenses of ASI survey
Questioning the expenditure of the ASI survey, Anjuman Intejamia Masjid has filed an application in the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday. Joint Secretary SM Yasin said that the ASI had applied in the court of the District Judge regarding the expenses of the survey. The reply was received that in this regard no fee has been deposited by the plaintiff i.e. the temple side. Under the rule, the fee of the survey and the cost of police protection, if necessary, has to be submitted to the plaintiff’s case. The High Court will hear the application on August 3.