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Allahabad High Court stays ASI survey of Varanasi's Gyanvapi Mosque
Posted 09 Sep 2021 04:28 PM

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Allahabad High Court stays ASI survey of Varanasi's Gyanvapi Mosque

09.09.2021

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday put a stay on Varanasi civil court's order directing the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a comprehensive physical survey of the Gyanvapi mosque compound adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh. The single bench of the Allahabad High Court had on March 15 reserved its judgment in various pleas, which had challenged the maintainability of the 1991 suit before the Varanasi trial court, seeking restoration of an ancient temple at the site where the Gyanvapi Mosque at Varanasi now stands. The suit was filed in 1991 seeking restoration of the ancient temple at the site where the Gyanvapi Mosque currently stands. The masjid committee in its petition levelled allegation of ignoring the order of the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 in the petition.

According to the 1991 Place of Worship Act, any place of worship that came into existence before 15 August 1947 cannot be converted into another shrine. The lower had ordered an ASI survey to investigate the mosque premises on April 8, saying that the exercise was required to decide on pleas that allege the mosque was built by Mughal emperors after partially demolishing a Hindu shrine. The order was on a plea demanding the restoration of the land on which the Gyanvapi Mosque stands to Hindus. The plaintiffs, on behalf of the ancient idol of Swayambhu Lord Vishweshwar, had said that the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb in 1664 destroyed the temple and built a mosque on its remains.

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