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Uttar Pradesh Sunni body to challenge ASI survey order for Gyanvapi mosque

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The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board will seek legal action against the order of Varanasi Court which allows the archaeological survey to take place at Gyanvapi mosque premises. It says it will challenge the Court order in the higher court.

Waqf board said that the status of the Mosque is unquestionable. Zufar Faruqi, the board chairman said, “the order violates the Places of Worship (Special Provisions Act),1991 which has been upheld by the Supreme Court on many occasion”, Madhyamam reported.

A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Thursday permitted the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey of Kashi Vishwanath Temple premises and the Gyanvapi Mosque complex.

The court also stated that the Uttar Pradesh government will bear all the expenses of the survey. ASI will also constitute a five-member team that will visit the area soon.

Zufar Faruqi, in a statement, said the order of the Civil Judge of Varanasi Court will be challenged before the Allahabad Court.

“Our understanding is clear that the order is contradictory to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. The Places of Worship Act was upheld by the Supreme Court in Ayodhya Judgment,” Faruqi said.

He also asserted that the order of survey is objectionable because technical evidence can only supplement over some foundational facts. In this regard, no evidence has been produced before that court that can prove that there was an existing temple at the place of the mosque.

The chairman referred to the title judgment on Babri Masjid and underlined, “even in the Ayodhya Judgment, the observations made by ASI were of no use, as it could not prove that Babri Masjid was built over the demolished temple and Supreme specifically pointed this out during Judgment.”

The UP Waqf board said that the continuous practice of investigating and intimidating places of Muslim worship specially Mosques by ASI should be stopped at the earliest.

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