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Varanasi court orders scientific survey of Gyanvapi mosque: Govt counsel

The court had on July 14 reserved its order after hearing both Hindu and Muslim sides

File photo of the Gyanvapi Mosque (Photo: PTI)

Gyanvapi Mosque (Photo: PTI)

Press Trust of India Varanasi

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A Varanasi court on Friday ordered a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple here, according to government counsel Rajesh Mishra.
The barricaded wazukhana', where a structure claimed by Hindu litigants to be a shivling' exists, will not be part of the survey.
The court of A K Vishvesh upheld the petition of a group of Hindu devotees seeking a scientific survey to determine if the mosque was built at the site of a Hindu temple.
The court had on July 14 reserved its order after hearing both Hindu and Muslim sides.
The petition filed by the Hindu group had sought a direction to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to survey the entire Gyanvapi mosque complex.
The Muslims side had opposed the plea, saying an ASI survey could damage the complex.

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First Published: Jul 21 2023 | 5:56 PM IST

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