Gyanvapi mosque case: HC asks petitioners to approach SC on carbon dating

In the Gyanvapi mosque case, the Allahabad high court on Wednesday instructed Hindu and Muslim petitioners to approach the Supreme Court to ascertain if it had barred any scientific analysis, including carbon dating, of a building discovered inside the mosque grounds on May 16.

The Varanasi court ruling that denied the petition for carbon dating and scientific evaluation of the structure was being challenged by Laxmi Devi and three other parties in a civil revision case that was being heard by the court.

The Hindu side claims that the structure is a ‘shivling’, the Muslims say it’s part of a fountain.

Varanasi district judge A K Vishvesh turned down the plea on October 14, citing Supreme Court directives for its safe keeping.

The lawyer for the Muslim side said during the hearing on Wednesday that the Supreme Court had prohibited any investigation in its order from May 17. The lawyer for the Hindu side opposed to this.

Later, both lawyers requested time to ask the Supreme Court for clarification. They were able to get the clarification thanks to the bench.

There are now seven cases in various courts that are connected to the Gyanvapi mosque and its premises.

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