Status of Gyanvapi Masjid is beyond question: Sunni Central Waqf Board

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board has said that it will challenge the Varanasi court order, allowing archaeological survey to take place at the Gyanvapi mosque site, in the Allahabad High Court.

The Board chairman Zufar Faruqi said the order violates the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 which has been upheld by the Supreme Court on many occasions.

He also asserted that the status of Gyanvapi Masjid is beyond question.

“Our understanding is clear that this case is barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. The Places of Worship Act was upheld by a 5-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya judgment. The status of Gyanvapi Masjid is, as such, beyond question,” Faruqi said.

On Thursday, civil court in Varanasi had given its approval for survey of Gyanvapi Mosque and Kashi Vishwanath temple Mosque complex by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The Board chairman also said that even in the Ayodhya judgment, the ASI excavation was ultimately of no use as it did not find proof that the Babri Masjid was built upon after a demolished temple. He also underscored that the Supreme Court has specifically observed that there was no such evidence.