Earlier, the court allowed performing of puja in the Vyas Tehkhana in the mosque premises. (Image: News18)
The application said that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should conduct the study after removing the blocked entrance and debris
The Hindu side of the Gyanvapi mosque case on Monday filed a fresh plea in the court demanding ASI survey of the rest of the basements in the mosque premises.
The petitioner, Rakhi Singh — one of the plaintiffs in the Shringar Gauri worshipping suit — filed the application in the lower court of Varanasi. The application said that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should conduct the study after removing the blocked entrance and debris.
In the petition, Singh has claimed some of the basements inside the mosque were not surveyed as their entrances were blocked. Hence, ASI be directed to survey the cellars without causing any damage to the structure, the petition said.
SC TO HEAR PETITION SEEKING SURVEY OF ‘WAZUKHANA’
The Supreme Court, on the other hand, is set to hear a petition demanding the scientific survey of the ‘wazukhana’ ad the surrounding sealed ares of the disputed Gyanvapi mosque complex on Monday.
The wazukhana — an ablution pond where worshippers wash themselves before praying at the mosque) — sealed in 2022 after an order from the apex court. The Hindu side has claimed that the fountain-like structure in the wazukhana is a ‘Shivling’.
The plea also demands another survey by the ASI in the ten cellars inside the mosque complex.
Last week, the Allahabad High Court issued a notice to the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee — which managed the Gyanvapi mosque — on a plea challenging the Varanasi court’s refusal to direct the ASI to conduct a survey of the ‘wazukhana’.
The order was passed on a revised petition filed by Rakhi Singh, in which the primary contention was that the survey of the ‘wazukhana’, excluding its portion where a ‘Shivling’ was claimed to be found, is necessary to ascertain the religious character of the property in question.
However, rejecting Singh’s application, the judge observed that in an order passed on May 17, 2022, the apex court had directed to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ is stated to have been found and therefore, it is not proper to direct the ASI to survey the area.