The Varanasi district court on Thursday allowed an application for carbon dating of a structure found inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex, which Hindu petitioners have claimed is a “reflection”.
The court also asked the mosque management to file their objections to the petition before the next date of hearing on the matter.
Justice AK Vishvesh rejected an application by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages the mosque, seeking eight weeks’ time to prepare the case and fixed September 29 as the next date of hearing. Madan Mohan, one of the lawyers representing the Hindu plaintiffs, said.
“Our petition seeking permission for carbon dating of the Shivling-like structure located in the Gyanvapi mosque complex, walls and other structures of the mosque complex was allowed in the court of District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesh after which the court has issued notice and sought response from the Muslim side”.
Carbon dating refers to the process of calculating the age of very old objects by measuring the amounts of different forms of carbon present.
“Our team is yet to read the application. We will submit our response soon,” said Raees Ahmad, adviser to the mosque’s management committee.
A total of 16 applications have been moved by different people to be made parties in the case, said one of the lawyers for the Hindu side.
“Of the total applications received, nine were present before the court. Of all, one withdrew his name,” the lawyer said.
“We have filed objections to the applications moved to become a party in the case,” said Vishnu Shankar Jain, another lawyer representing the Hindu side.
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