The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Vijay Shankar Rastogi, who demanded the land entailing the Gyanvapi Masjid be restored back to the Hindus.
The Varanasi civil court has given nod for an archaeological survey of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Masjid complex.
The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Vijay Shankar Rastogi, who demanded that the land entailing the Gyanvapi Masjid be restored back to the Hindus.
The petition claimed that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb pulled down a portion of the 2,000-year-old Kashi Vishwanath Temple in 1664 to construct the Gyanvapi Mosque in its place.
The petition was, however, opposed by the Gyanvapi Masjid management committee. But now, the court has allowed for an ASI survey of the mosque.
All expenses in relation to the survey will have to borne by the government.
The petitioner had sought the survey of the mosque claiming it was built using the demolished parts of the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Source: India Today