Verdict about the Scientific Survey of the Gyanvapi to be given on 27th July

Archaeological Department says, will complete the survey till 31st of July without damaging the structure of Gyanvapi

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) – Allahabad High Court extended stay on the Scientific Survey of the Gyanvapi till the hearing on the 27th July afternoon when the matter will be heard. The Muslim side in its hearing against survey on the 26th July in its argument had expressed a fear that the survey could damage the structure. Hence, the Court asked the personnel of the Archaeological department to be present in the Court. The affidavit filed in the Court by the Additional Director General of the Archaeological Department said there will be no damage to the Gyanvapi structure during the scientific survey and that they could complete the survey by the 31st of July.

Thereafter, the Muslim side asked the Court for time to examine the affidavit. The Court said the hearing will continue on the afternoon of the 27th of July, and the stay on the survey will continue till then.

The Varanasi District Court on the 21st of July had permitted Archaeological survey of the entire area of the Gyanvapi excluding the ‘Vajukhana’ area.  When this was contested by the Muslim side in the Supreme Court of India a stay was given till 5 p.m. of the 25thJuly along with the order that the Muslim side petition the Allahabad High Court. Accordingly a petition had been filed in the High Court, on which the hearing was held today.

1. During the Hearing the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee said that the survey could damage the Gyanvapi and the District Court Judge had no power to order the survey.

2. Answering this, the Hindu side said, the construction and location of the temple will be correctly known after the survey. The Indian Archaeological Department is doing the survey using two methods. In this photo and imaging will be done. In this method there will be no damage to the structure.

3. To this Court said they would like to personally understand about the process of survey, and so ordered the archaeological department’s surveyors to be present in Court at 4.30 p.m.