Gyanvapi Row: Court Defers Hearing Of Hindu Worshiper’s Plea For Scientific Investigation Of Shiv Ling


District Judge AK Vishvesha is likely to pronounce the order on the plea on October 11 after hearing Anjuman Islamia Masjid committee’s arguments

Varanasi: A court today deferred hearing the plea of the Hindu side. The plea sought a scientific investigation of the Shiva Linga allegedly found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque premises.

District Judge AK Vishvesha is likely to pronounce the order on the plea on October 11. He will be hearing the arguments of the Anjuman Islamia Masjid committee.

The court today asked the Hindu worshipers to provide clarification on two issues:

* Whether the structure found inside the Gyanvapi Case [alleged Shiva Linga] is a part of this suit property or not?

* Can the court issue a commission for scientific investigation?

Advocate Vishnu Jain representing the Hindu side said, “We said that it is part of our suit property and by virtue of Order 26 Rule 10A of CPC (Civil Procedure Code), the court has the power to direct scientific investigation. The Muslim side has sought some time to reply. The matter will now be heard on October 11,” he added.

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As stated in the original pleadings, the suit relates to visible or invisible deities. Since the alleged Shiva Linga became visible during the court-appointed survey, the same would definitely be a suit property. The counsels for the Hindu Worshippers further clarified that the alleged Shiva Linga is a part of the suit/case property. Additionally, it was made clear that the Court has the authority to form a commission for scientific research under Order 26 Rule 10A of the CPC.

Now on the above-mentioned two points, the Court would hear the arguments of the Anjuman Islamia Committee too, and thereafter, pronounce its orders.

Last month the court asked the Muslim side to file whatever objections they have after the admission of the plea that sought carbon dating of a structure found inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

In its plea the Hindu side sought  “permission for carbon dating of the Shivling-like structure found on the Gyanvapi mosque compound, walls and other structures on the masjid complex”.

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