The Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) scientific survey results on the dispute Gyanvapi complex are expected to be unveiled today as the court in Varanasi is set to resume hearing the matter pertaining to the survey.
The court had ordered the scientific survey to determine whether the 17th-century structure was built on a pre-existing Hindu temple.
After conducting a scientific survey for a duration of 92 days on the Gyanvapi mosque premises, excluding the Wazukhana, ASI presented its report on 18 December.
The report was handed over to Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha, the district Judge of Varanasi.
The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages the disputed Gyanvapi complex, filed a plea urging the court that the report should remain sealed, and not be given to any of the parties unless a personal undertaking on an affidavit is submitted that it will not be leaked.
"The Muslim side has requested the court that the report should not be made public. The court will decide today whether it will accept the (ASI) report in a sealed envelope or it should be made public," said Hindu side lawyer Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times reported.
Chaturvedi maintained that the order from the Supreme Court clearly specified that the report should not be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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