The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the Allahabad High Court order permitting the “scientific survey” of the Gyanvapi mosque premises stating that at this stage it will not go into the root of the matter whether such an order can be passed in the face of Places of Worship (Special Provision) Act, 1991.
Allahabad High Court on Thursday allowed the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct a survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi.
The Allahabad High Court is expected to give a verdict on a petition against a lower court order for a survey by the Archaeological Survey of India inside the mosque complex, except the ‘wuzukhana’ (fountain).
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team reached the Gyanvapi Mosque on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi to conduct a scientific survey of the mosque complex, adjacent to Kashi Vishwanath temple.
The Allahabad High Court had on May 12 asked the Archaeological Survey of India to carry out carbon dating and scientific investigation of the structure that is a bone of contention between the warring parties.
During the survey, a structure -- claimed to be a "Shivling" by the Hindu side and a "fountain" by the Muslim side -- was found in the mosque premises on May 16 last year.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine on April 14, a plea for alternative arrangement for 'wuzu' for worshippers at Gyanvapi mosque, Varanasi. The plea said that due to Ramazan, the number of worshippers have increased.