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Gyanvapi case: Verdict on ‘Shivling’ worship in Gyanvapi mosque today

Varanasi: A fast-track court in Varanasi will deliver its judgement on Tuesday on a plea seeking worship of the ‘Shivling’ that the Hindu side claimed was discovered on the Gyanvapi mosque grounds.

The Civil Judge Senior Division Fast Track court will rule on the plaintiff’s three main demands, which include permission for the immediate start of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga Bhagwan Vishweshwar prayer, handing over the entire Gyanvapi complex to Hindus, and prohibiting Muslims from entering the Gyanvapi complex. It should be noted that the Muslim side is currently permitted to offer prayers.

During the previous hearing in October, the Varanasi court refused to allow a “scientific investigation” of the alleged “Shivling.”

The Hindu side had requested carbon dating of a structure they claimed was a Shivling discovered inside the Gyanvapi Mosque’s wazukhana.

The Muslim side, on the other hand, claimed that the structure discovered was a ‘fountain.’ On September 22, the Hindu side filed an application in the Varanasi District Court seeking a carbon dating of the object they claimed to be a ‘Shivling.’

The Hindu side announced that they would appeal to the Supreme Court against the Varanasi court’s decision to deny a’scientific investigation’ of the alleged ‘Shivling’ discovered on the Gyanvapi mosque grounds.

On September 29, the Hindu side demanded that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conduct a scientific investigation of the ‘Shivling’ and carbon date ‘Argha’ and the surrounding area.

“It would not be proper to order the survey of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and by giving such order the age, nature, and structure of the said Shivling is known, even if this does not imply the possibility of a just solution,” the Varanasi court said.

In the Gyanvapi case, advocate Vishnu Jain represents the plaintiff “The court denied our request for carbon dating. We will appeal this order to the Supreme Court and challenge it there. I can’t say when, but we’ll be challenging this order in Supreme Court soon.”

“Though the court has rejected the demand for carbon dating, the option of going to the High Court is available, and the Hindu side will place their point before the High Court as well,” said another lawyer for the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav.

Referring to the Supreme Court’s order of May 17, the Varanasi Court stated, “If the alleged Shivling is damaged by taking samples, then it will be in violation of the Supreme Court’s order.”

“If the Shivling is damaged, religious sentiments of the general public may be harmed,” the Varanasi Court stated.

Carbon dating is a scientific method for determining the age of an archaeological object or find.

The court reserved the order in the Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case after hearing both sides’ arguments.

On May 20, the Supreme Court ordered that the case concerning worship at the Gyanvapi mosque be transferred from the civil judge to the District Judge of Varanasi.

According to Akhlaq Ahmed, who represents the Muslim side, the Hindu side’s petition is unsustainable because it violates the Supreme Court’s order protecting the structure (which the Muslim side claims to be a fountain and the Hindu side claims to be a Shivling).

“We responded to the carbon dating application.” Stone is not capable of absorbing carbon. The Supreme Court ruled on May 17 that the object discovered by the commission had to be protected. The order of the Supreme Court will take precedence, so the object cannot be opened. According to the Hindu side, the process will be scientific; however, tampering with the object will occur. The test will involve the use of chemicals. “We will take action based on the court’s order on October 14,” Ahmed had stated.

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