Varanasi : Hearing a petition filed by four of the five women plaintiffs in the Gyanvapi – Shringar Gauri case that seeks carbon dating of the structure, purported to be a ” shivling “, which was found in the ablution pond of the mosque on May 16, district judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha sought clarification on Friday on the status of the purported ” shivling ” in the case from the plaintiffs. He fixed October 11 as the next date of the hearing.
” The court asked plaintiffs Nos 2 to 5 to state whether the recovered ‘ shiv ling ‘ was ‘ case property ‘, and whether its scientific investigation and carbon dating could be conducted, ” district government counsel ( civil ) Mahendra Prasad Pandey said. He added that on the next date, Anjuman Intezamia Ma Sajid ( the Gyanvapi mosque management committee ) would file its reply and objection to the demand for carbon dating and scientific investigation of the structure.
Lawyers Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain, who are representing plaintiffs 2 to 5 ( Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas, and Rekha Pathak ) in the matter, said they have already mentioned the ” visible and invisible ” deities in their suit, No. 18/2022, seeking the right to worship Shringar Gauri and other deities in the Gyanvapi compound. ” Moreover, during the court commission survey, the ‘ shivling ‘ became visible. Hence, it is case proper ty ” they said while reiterating their demand for carbon-dating of the area around the claimed ” shivling ” and its scientific investigation without causing any damage to it.
” We clarified in court that in Case No. 18/2022, the worshipping rights of Shringar Gauri and other visible and invisible deities in the Gyanvapi have been sought. The ‘ shilling ‘ was invisible before the court commission survey of Gyanvapi. But, on the last day of the survey, on May 16, it became visible. Therefore, it is case property, ” they said. ” On the issue of scientific investigation of the ‘ shivling ‘ and carbon dating, we stated the provisions prescribed in the civil procedure code ( CPC ) and past cases to make it clear that scientific investigation of the ‘ shivling ‘ and carbon – dating of its adjoining components can be done to determine its nature, age and constitu ents without causing any disturbance to it, ” they said.