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Apr 08, 2021
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Varanasi court gives approval to conduct a survey of Gyanvapi Mosque compound adjacent to Kashi Vishwanath Temple by ASI

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A local court in Varanasi has given the approval to  conduct a survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque compound adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple by Archaeological Survey of India.
 
Senior civil judge fast track court Ashutosh Tiwari in his order has also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to bear the cost of the survey.
 
The order came on a petition filed by a local lawyer VS Rastogi who had demanded the restoration of the land entailing Gyanvapi Mosque to Hindus.
 
The Gyanvyapi Mosque management committee had opposed the petition.
 
The court also directed the DG of the ASI to constitute a five-member committee of experts and those well versed in science of archaeology, two out of whom should preferably belong to the minority community.
 
The committee would “trace as to whether any Hindu temple ever existed before the mosque in question was built or superimposed or added upon at the disputed site.

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