Gyanvapi Mosque Case: Varanasi Court Rejects Plea for Carbon Dating of ‘Shivling’ Citing SC Order

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): The Varanasi court on Friday rejected the case for carbon dating and scientific investigation of the alleged ‘Shivling’ allegedly found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha of the Varanasi District Court rejected the Hindu petitioners’ plea citing the May 17 Supreme Court order that the object found by the commission should be protected so that it could not be tampered with. The order of the SC takes precedence, so the object cannot be opened. The Hindu side had claimed that a ‘Shivling’ was found in the property near the ‘wazukhana’ during the videographic search of the mosque building, which was ordered by the court. However, the Muslim side said the structure found was a “fountain.”

The Hindu side then filed an application on Sept. 22 seeking radiocarbon dating of the object they believed to be “Shivling.” Carbon dating is a scientific process that determines the age of an archaeological object or finds.

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Speaking to ANI, Vishnu Jain, who represented the Hindu side, said: “The Muslim side said that Shivling is not part of the ownership of the suit and that the carbon dating cannot be done. We have given our clarification on both points. The court will issue a ruling on Oct. 14. “Earlier on Sept. 29, the Hindu side demanded a scientific survey of the ‘Shivling’ by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the radiocarbon dating of ‘Argha’ and the area around it. The court reserved the order in the Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case after hearing the arguments of both sides. Akhlaq Ahmed, who represents the Muslim side, had said the Hindu side’s plea is untenable as it goes against the Supreme Court’s order stating that the structure was protected (of which the Muslim side claims to be a fountain and the Hindu side claims being a Shivling). “We have responded to the carbon dating request. Stone does not have the ability to absorb carbon.

According to the Hindu side, the process will be scientific, even if it is, the object will be tampered with. Chemicals are used for the test. We will take action based on the court order on October 14,” Ahmed told ANI.

Another lawyer representing the Muslim side, Tohid Khan, said: “The court will rule on whether the carbon dating application is acceptable or should be rejected. The structure is a fountain and not Shivling. The fountain can still become operational created.

“Previously, an appeal had been lodged with the Supreme Court against the order of the Supreme Court of Allahabad, which had rejected a PIL seeking the appointment of a committee/committee under a judge to study the nature of the structure in Gyanvapi Mosque, Varanasi The appeal filed by seven devotees asked the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to ascertain the nature of the structure found on the Gyanvapi campus.

Allahabad Supreme Court had rejected their plea on July 19 for the appointment of a commission/committee headed by a Supreme Court or Supreme Court judge (sitting/retired) to study the nature of the structure in Gyanvapi Mosque. The PIL went to the Supreme Court and asks a committee to find out whether a Shivaling, as the Hindus claim, has been found in the mosque or if it is a fountain, as claimed by Muslims.

The appeal to the highest court stated that Allahabad’s Supreme Court had erred in rejecting the plea. On May 20, the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of the case related to the worship in Gyanvapi Mosque from the civil court to the district judge, Varanasi.

(With ANI inputs)

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