Gyanvapi case: Varanasi Court Rejects Plea for Carbon Dating of 'Shivling'
Varanasi: A Varanasi court on Friday rejected a plea for carbon dating of the 'Shivling' claimed to have been found inside Gyanvapi mosque premises, government counsel Rana Sanjiv Singh said.
District Judge AK Vishvesha turned down the Hindu petitioners' plea seeking scientific investigation and carbon dating of the 'Shivling', citing Supreme Court directives for its safekeeping so that no tampering can be done.
After the completion of the hearing of the Hindu side and the mosque committee on Tuesday, the district court decided to pronounce its verdict on October 14.
Four of the five Hindu parties had sought carbon dating of the 'Shivling' found during a court-mandated videography survey of the mosque premises close to the "wazookhana", a small reservoir used by Muslim devotees to perform ritual ablutions before offering the namaz.
The petitioners had claimed that the "Shivling" found in the wazookhana or reservoir of the mosque during survey work on May 16 was part of the property. The Hindu side demanded carbon dating and other scientific tests of the Shivling-like structure.
Carbon dating is a scientific process that ascertains the age of an archaeological object or archaeological finds.
The Gyanvapi Masjid committee had opposed the carbon dating plea filed by the Hindu side.
(With PTI inputs)
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