New Delhi: A Varanasi court has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey on the construction of the Gyanwapi Mosque near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.
According to locals, the mosque was built after the demolition of a temple in the Aurangzeb area by the Mughal emperor. The court directed that a five-member committee be appointed for the survey and that two of them should be from the minority community. The court also ordered that an expert in the field of archeological research be appointed as the observer of the survey.
The court directed that the disputed shrine be subjected to any kind of demolition or additions and that there be no overlapping of the religious structure. It should also be clarified whether any Hindu temple has been built before the construction of the mosque in the disputed area.