Sunni Board withdraws petition against ASI survey of Gyanvapi Masjid

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Varanasi, August 12: The monitoring petition filed against the court’s decision of the Civil Judge (Senior Division Fast Track) to conduct archaeological survey at the Gyanvapi Masjid was withdrawn on Thursday.

During the hearing in the monitoring petition in the court of Special Judge (POCSO Act) Rajendra Prasad Tripathi, advocates appearing for Sunni Central Board of Waqf and Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid told the court that the writ petition was also filed in the High Court against the order of the Civil Judge. In such a situation, the monitoring petition filed is being withdrawn.

It may be mentioned that on April 8, 2021, Civil Judge (Senior Division Fast Track) Ashutosh Tiwari, while accepting the application of Vijay Shankar Rastogi, the ancient idol of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga, the Vadmitra of Lord Vishweshwarnath, ordered the Centre and the State Government to conduct an archaeological survey of the Gyanvapi complex.

Against this order, a monitoring petition was filed by the Sunni Central Board of Waqf and Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid in the district judge’s court. After hearing both the sides, the court has reserved the order for the time being on the appeal of the Sunni Central Board to withdraw the monitoring petition.

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