Varanasi: Plea in Kashi court seeks carbon dating of ‘shivling’ found on Gyanvapi premises | Varanasi News

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VARANASI: Four of the five women plaintiffs in the Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case on Thursday submitted an application in the court of Varanasi district judge, seeking scientific investigation and carbon-dating to determine the nature, age and constituents of the ‘shivling’ found during the advocate commissioner survey of the mosque on May 16.
Earlier, they had moved the Supreme Court with the same plea and were directed by it to take the matter to the trial court in Varanasi. The petition was moved through their advocates Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain.
Giving details of the matter, Vishnu Jain said, “In the application filed in the Supreme Court on July 17, women petitioners number 2 to 5 -Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas and Rekha Pathak – in case no. 18/2022 Rakhi Singh vs state of UP and others had sought ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey and carbon-dating of the ‘shivling’ found in the mosque’s ablution pond and permission to worship the deity.”
“The SC directed to take the case to the trial court, where the initial case is being heard. Thus, we submitted our application before the district judge’s court in Varanasi on Thursday. The next hearing in the matter will take place on September 29,” he told TOI.
“The exact age and dimensions of the discovered ‘shivling’ could be ascertained only after its GPR survey and carbon dating by or under supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). GPR survey is a must to find out the nature of construction beneath the ‘shivling’ discovered on May 16,” he said. He added, “The scientific investigation by carbon dating will enable determining the age, nature and other constituents of the ‘shivling’.”
The lawyers of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (AIM), the Gyanvapi mosque management committee, Rayis Ahmed and Merajuddin Siddaqi declined any comment on the application.
“We will talk about it only after going through the details of the application submitted by the plaintiffs regarding GPR or carbon dating,” they said.
In Rakhi Singh vs state of UP and others, in which five women plaintiffs are seeking daily worship of goddess Shringar Gauri and other deities in the mosque premises, the court of civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar had on April 8, 2022 ordered court commission survey of Gyanvapi mosque. The survey took place between May 6 and 16 and on the last day, claims regarding discovery of a ‘shivling’ in the ablution pond of the mosque were made.
Before the commission report could be submitted to the court on May 19, AIM moved the apex court, which transferred the civil suit to the district judge asking to finalise the issue of maintainability.



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