The high court also issued notices to Anjuman Intezamia Masajid – the management committee of Gyanvapi mosque — district authorities and others in the matter.
In the petition, a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey of the area concerned was also demanded.
Earlier, the petitioners had moved the application before the lower court, seeking appointment of experts of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to find out the age and nature of the purported ‘shivling’ during a survey conducted by a court-appointed advocate commission.
Justice JJ Munir, while admitting the revision petition filed by Laxmi Devi and others, also directed to issue notices to opposite parties — AIM, district authorities, etc.
According to the petitioner, it was presumed by the court below, without any material on record, that any harm/damage may be caused to the ‘shivling’, which is an article of faith for several crores of devotees of Lord Shiva. According to the petitioner, the court was of the opinion that if ground penetrating radar (GPR) is allowed or any type of scientific investigation or carbon dating is conducted, it may cause harm to the structure concerned.
The Varanasi district judge, by means of an order dated October 14, 2022, had dismissed the application under challenge before the high court by means of the revision petition filed by the petitioners.