ASI Likely to Submit Gyanvapi Survey Report in Varanasi Court Today
ASI Likely to Submit Gyanvapi Survey Report in Varanasi Court Today

VARANASI: The much-awaited report from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) regarding the scientific survey conducted at the Gyanvapi mosque is slated for presentation in the Varanasi court on Monday.

Following the court's directive on November 30, the ASI was granted a 10-day period to submit the report within the designated timeframe. Originally, the court had stipulated November 17 as the deadline for the ASI to present its survey findings, later extending it to November 28.

The comprehensive 100-day survey, which the ASI undertook, experienced multiple extensions, with the survey's conclusion nearly a month ago. Subsequently, the ASI requested additional time to compile and file its detailed report.

Acknowledging the ASI's request for an extension on November 18, the court granted 10 days, despite the ASI's appeal for a 15-day extension. The survey, conducted since August 4 within the mosque premises, excluded the Wuzukhana area, as per the Supreme Court's sealed orders.

On November 2, the ASI informed the court about the survey's completion but cited the need for extra time to compile the report, including specifics about the survey equipment used. Consequently, the court extended the deadline to November 17 for document submission.

The survey itself was initiated by a Varanasi court on July 21, following a petition by four women seeking permission to pray at the Shringar Gauri Shrine, situated behind the western wall of the temple.

Earlier this year, in August, the Allahabad High Court granted permission for the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct a comprehensive survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi.

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