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Supreme Court defers Allahabad HC order to conduct scientific survey at Gyanvapi mosque

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The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the Allahabad High Court’s order to conduct a scientific survey of an object in the ablution tank found in Gyanvapi mosque till the next hearing, reported Live Law.

The Allahabad High Court on May, 12, ordered a “scientific survey”, including carbon dating of what Hindu religious groups have claimed is a ‘Shivling’.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and Justice KV Viswanathan passed the order on a petition filed by Anjuman Islamia Masjid committee, the caretaker of the mosque, against the High Court’s order.

The bench observed that it needs to tread carefully on the matter and that the order needs closer scrutiny. Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Masjid Committee, said that the survey steps will commence next Monday.

The Hindu petitioners seeking the right to conduct religious rituals in the mosque premises have claimed the object is a Shivling, contested as a fountain by the mosque management committee.

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