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Gyanvapi: Plea filed in Varanasi court seeks carbon-dating of structure found in survey

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A petition has been filed in the District Court of Varanasi seeking carbon-dating of the alleged structure, said to be a Shivling, found during the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque Complex in May this year.

Filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, the petition urged District and Sessions Judge of Varanasi, Dr. Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha, to exercise his powers conferred under Sections 75E and 151 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC) and appoint a committee of experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for carbon dating of the Shivling.

The petitioner sought direction to the Commission to conduct excavation of ground beneath the structure by ground penetrating radar (GPR), so as to find out the nature of the structure found during the ASI survey on May 16.

The plea further sought carbon dating or scientific investigation of the structure by ASI, so as to determine the age, nature and other facts about it, in accordance with provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and submit report within given time frame.

The petition has been filed in the Court of District and Sessions Judge of Varanasi, Dr. Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha, who had earlier given verdict on na petition seeking permission to worship Mata Shringar Gauri inside the Gyanvapi Mosque Complex.

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