Gyanvapi mosque: UP court grants extension of another week to ASI to submit survey report

  • | Monday | 11th December, 2023

VARANASI: Granting time of one more week to Archaeological Survey of India, Varanasi district judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha on Monday asked the agency to file report of scientific study and survey of Gyanvapi mosque on December 18.This is seventh extension granted to ASI by district judge court to complete the survey of Gyanvapi mosque to ascertain whether its stands atop a Hindu temple.On Monday morning, standing government counsel (Government of India) Amit Srivastava had moved an application before the court mentioning that due to deterioration in his health condition ASIs superintending archaeologist Avinash Mohanty, who had to submit the report, was unable to appear before the court. Through this application ASI sought a week time to submit the report, he added."Court granted a week to ASI asking to submit the report on December 18", said Srivastava.On November 30, while granting extension for sixth time of 10 days to ASI district judge had asked the agency to positively file the report in given time and not to seek further extension.Watch: ASI begins survey amid tight security at Gyanvapi mosque, VaranasiOn July 21, the district judge court had ordered ASI survey on the plea of four women plaintiffs in suit no. 18/2022. In compliance of this order ASI had started scientific study of Gyanvapi mosque on July 24. However, AIM filed a revision before Allahabad high court. On the order of HC, ASI survey of Gyanvapi mosque was halted on July 24 afternoon. HC dismissed the objection of AIM against district judge court order on August 3. After it AIM took shelter of the Supreme Court against HC order. The Apex Court refused to stop ASI survey of Gyanvapi after which ASI resumed the survey from August 4.As ASIs survey could not complete by August 4 it sought extension thrice on August 5, September 8 and October 5. After end of study and survey in field at Gyanvapi mosque ASI on November 2 and 17 had moved pleas for another extension before it sought another extension of three weeks on November 28 to finalise report by mentioning technical reasons consuming time delaying the process.After going through the ASIs November 28 application for sixth extension district judge in his November 30 order mentioned, After taking into consideration, the facts mentioned in the application and circumstances of the case, I find it proper to grant 10 days more time to ASI to file the report in the court. This court expects that within the provided time the ASI shall positively file the report and will not seek further time. With these strict remarks the district judge had fixed December 11 for hearing and disposal of survey report.

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