ASI gets ‘one more chance’ to file its reply on Shivling issue


Prayagraj: The Allahabad Excessive Court docket has granted “one more chance” to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), to file its response by April 5 and make clear whether or not the carbon relationship of the purported Shivling discovered contained in the Gyanvapi mosque might harm it or be secure. analysis of its age could be completed.

The courtroom expressed displeasure over delay within the submitting of a counter affidavit (reply) by the ASI.

The petitioners — Laxmi Devi and three others — have filed the current civil revision petition, difficult a Varanasi courtroom order that had rejected the demand for carbon relationship and scientific dedication of the purported Shivling discovered throughout a court-mandated survey of Gyanvapi mosque premises on May 16, 2022.

On January 19, the courtroom had granted eight weeks’ time to the ASI to file its response. Nevertheless, the counsel for the ASI sought extra time to file its response, as based on him, the ASI has to take recommendation from different businesses as nicely.

Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra noticed: “The time extension application has already been given for obtaining advice from other agencies. Further time should not be sought by the ASI, as the ASI may take advice as it thinks appropriate by embarking upon process which would expedite the matter because the issue on merits has been kept pending since long for obtaining report of the ASI and for which the time extension application is working against interest of justice and it should not be allowed to go on any further from April 5.”

Nevertheless, the courtroom additionally directed the trial courtroom at Varanasi, the place this case is pending, to repair date within the trial after April 5.

Earlier, on November 21, 2022, the counsel for the ASI had made an oral submission earlier than the excessive courtroom, stating that the ASI was nonetheless considering with its specialists as to what strategies might be adopted to find out the age of the purported Shivling.

In view of it, he had sought additional time of three months to submit ASI DG’s opinion as as to whether a secure analysis of the age of the purported Shivling might be completed by adopting a scientific methodology.

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