Gyanvapi Mosque Case: ASI Seeks 15-Day Extension To Submit ‘Scientific Survey’ Report

New Delhi: Even though the 100-day ‘scientific survey’ of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex has been completed, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has asked for a 15-day extension to file its report. The survey was ordered by a Varanasi court, to check if the mosque was built over a Hindu temple

The Varanasi court is scheduled to hear the plea for a second extension at 2 pm today, according to reports.

The archaeological body was supposed to submit its report last Monday but was given an extension on November 2. The court was told ASI officials needed more time to compile the survey findings.

The ASI carried out a survey of the mosque premises, which is located next to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, to see if the 17th century mosque was built over a Hindu temple. The survey began after the Allahabad High Court upheld a Varanasi district court order and ruled it “necessary in the interest of justice”. The court said it would benefit petitioners and the mosque.

During an earlier hearing, the mosque management objected to the survey, alleging the ASI was digging in the basement, as well as other places in the complex, without permission and that it was accumulating debris against the structure’s western wall, which risked its collapse.

The ASI was not authorised to survey premises by removing debris or garbage, the panel said. The mosque committee had also moved the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s order, but the top court, on August 4, refused to stay the High Court’s order on the survey.

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