Gyanvapi Case: On Thursday, the Varanasi district court accepted a request for carbon dating of a structure discovered inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex that Hindu petitioners said was a “Shivling.”
Carbon dating is a method of determining the age of very old objects.
The mosque management was also instructed by the court to submit any objections to the plea by the next hearing date in the case.
One of the attorneys for the Hindu side, Madan Mohan, said that the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which oversees the mosque, requested eight weeks to prepare for the lawsuit; however, Judge AK Vishvesh denied their request and set September 29 as the next date of hearing.
“Our plea seeking permission for carbon dating of the Shivling-like structure found on the Gyanvapi mosque compound, walls and other structures on the masjid complex was admitted in the court of district judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesh after which the court has issued notice and has sought reply of the Muslim side.”
Mosque Management to submit the response soon
“Our team is yet to read the application. We will submit our response soon,” Raees Ahmad, counsel of the mosque management committee, said. According to one of the attorneys for the Hindu side, a total of 16 applications have been filed by various parties to include them as parties in the litigation.
“Of the total applications received, nine were present before the court. Of all, one withdrew his name,” the lawyer said.
“We have filed objections on the applications moved to become a party in the case,” Vishnu Shankar Jain, another counsel representing the Hindu side, said.