Gyanvapi: SC Will Heed Gyanvapi Carbon Dating Appeal | News from India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a petition by the Gianvapi management committee of the mosque challenging an order of the Allahabad High Court directing the carbon dating of the “Shivling”, discovered in May last year during a court-ordered investigation in the vicinity of the mosque, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, in Varanasi.
Appear for committee, Senior Counsel Huzefa Ahmadi he said not only did HC direct the carbon dating of the “discovered” structure, but also required excavations in parts of the mosque to determine if there was a temple under the domes.
SC to hear the appeal against carbon dating today
A bench presided over by the chief judge DY Chandrachud on Friday it released the hearing of the petition against carbon dating of Gyanvapi’s ‘shivling’.
On Friday, the high court ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct the carbon dating process of the ‘shivling’ found on the premises of the mosque, without causing any damage to the structure.
The high court had reversed an Oct. 14 order by the Varanasi District Court, which rejected a request for a scientific investigation, including carbon dating, of the structure.
justice Arvind Kumar Mishra he approved the order on May 12 during a hearing on a petition challenging the order in the Varanasi court.
The mosque authorities say the ‘shivling’ is part of a fountain in the ‘wazu khana’, where ablutions are performed before namaz. The mosque pond complex was sealed off on May 16, 2022, after an alleged “shivling” was found in the pond during an investigation by a court-appointed commissioner.


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