Varanasi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sought 15 more days from a court here on Friday to submit its report of a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
According to the Centre’s counsel, Amit Srivastava, the ASI has moved an application in the court of Varanasi District Judge A K Vishvesh, stating that though the survey work has been completed, the technical reports are still awaited and therefore, the additional time has been sought.
It may be noted that the ASI is presently conducting a scientific survey of the Gyanvapi complex in Varanasi as per the July 21 order of the Varanasi District Judge to determine if the mosque was constructed over a pre-existing structure
of a Hindu temple. The ASI has already surveyed the premises for around 30 days now.
On August 4, the Supreme Court refused to stop the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from surveying the Gyanvapi Mosque at Varanasi, except the
‘wuzukhana’ area where a ‘shivling’ was claimed to have been found last year.
Taking on record an undertaking made on behalf of the ASI that no excavation
would be done at the site and no damage will be caused to the structure, the Court allowed the survey to take place.