An order issued by a senior civil court called on the state government to have a team of five members of the Indian Archaeological Research Agency (ASI) investigate the disputed facility at a cost.
In a statement, Sunni Central Waqf Chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui said the order would be challenged by the Allahabad High Court.
“Our understanding is clear that this case is prohibited by the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act of 1991,” Faruqi said.
“The worship law was upheld by the Constitutional Bench of five Supreme Court judges in the Ayodhya decision. The status of the Gyanvapi Masji is unquestionable in and of itself,” he said.
The chair added that the order was “suspicious” because the technical evidence could only supplement certain basic facts. “There is no court evidence to suggest that there was a pre-existing temple at the location of the mosque,” he said.
Even in the Ayodhya ruling, the ASI excavation was ultimately useless. Farooqui said ASI could not find evidence that Babri Masjid was built on the basis of the demolition of the temple.
The Supreme Court specifically acknowledged that there was no such evidence and that this practice of mosques being “investigated” by the ASI had to be stopped, the statement said.
“We will soon approach the Hon’ble High Court in opposition to this unjustified order,” he added.
Gyanvapi Masji: Sunni Waqf Board to challenge a court order in Varanasi
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