2023: ASI Scientific Investigation of Gyanvapi Premises

  • May: Following an Allahabad High Court order, the Varanasi district court agrees to hear a plea for an ASI survey.
  • June: Allahabad HC upholds the Varanasi district court order that said Hindu groups are not barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, and the suit seeking the right to worship inside the Gyanvapi mosque was maintainable.
  • July: The Varanasi court issues directions for a “scientific investigation” of the mosque premises by the ASI. District and Sessions Judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha directed the ASI to “conduct ground penetrating radar survey just below the three domes of the building in question and conduct excavation, if required”.
  • August 4: The Allahabad High Court upholds the district judge’s order, and the ASI started the survey in the barricaded area of the Gyanvapi premises, excluding its sealed section.
  • December 18: After six extensions and much cajoling from the court, the ASI submits its survey report in a sealed cover to the Varanasi district court.

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