Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling: ASI Survey Approved for Gyanvapi Mosque Complex

Thursday, August 03, 2023: Allahabad High Court has given permission for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi. A single bench of Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakar handed down the decision. The court has also ordered the immediate implementation of the Sessions Court’s decision to proceed with the survey.

Refusing to stay the survey, the court emphasized the necessity of this investigation in the pursuit of justice. The Gyanvapi mosque complex has been at the center of a long-standing dispute, and this survey is expected to shed light on historical facts and help resolve the contentious matter.

Vishnu Shankar Jain, Advocate for the Hindu side, expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, stating, “I welcome the order. I am confident that the ASI survey will reveal the truth and settle the dispute.”

Political figures have also weighed in on the court’s ruling. BJP MP Hema Malini, while welcoming the order, stressed, “Its decision should come as soon as possible, otherwise one thing or the other keeps happening. It will benefit the whole country if the final verdict comes soon.”

Similarly, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya expressed confidence in the ASI survey, believing, “I welcome the order. I am confident that the ASI survey will reveal the truth and settle the dispute.”

In response to the court’s order, the Archaeological Survey of India has sought the cooperation of the district administration in Varanasi to commence the survey immediately. Varanasi District Magistrate S Rajalingam assured full support to the ASI, emphasizing that all necessary assistance will be provided to comply with the court’s directive.

The Gyanvapi mosque complex holds immense historical and religious significance, and the ASI survey is expected to play a crucial role in clarifying the disputed aspects and bringing about a fair resolution. The court’s decision marks a significant milestone in the ongoing legal proceedings and has garnered attention nationwide as the nation awaits the outcome of the survey.


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