The ASI was earlier given time till November 17 to submit the report but on Friday it sought 15 more days from the court. Standing government counsel Amit Srivastava said that after hearing the plea, the court told ASI to submit the report by November 28.
In its application, the ASI had stated that in compliance with the court’s order, it had completed the scientific survey at the site and needed some more time for preparing a detailed report.
Gyanvapi case timeline: 3 decades of legal battle, everything you need to know
Earlier, on July 21, the court had ordered for a survey to ascertain whether Gyanvapi mosque was built on the remains of a temple.
The district judge had ordered an ASI survey on the plea of four women plaintiffs. In compliance with the order, the ASI started the scientific study of Gyanvapi mosque on July 24.
However, the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (AIM) — the mosque management committee — filed a revision petition before the Allahabad high court. On July 24, the high court halted the ASI survey but on August 3, dismissed the objection of AIM against the district judge’s court order.
The AIM then moved the apex court which refused reprieve after which the ASI resumed the survey on August 4.
The ASI has sought extension of the deadline for survey thrice — on August 5, September 8, and October 5. After completing its study in the field at Gyanvapi mosque, the ASI had, on November 2, sought 15-day time to prepare its report, which was granted by the court.
Cellar suit: Next hearing on Nov 20
VARANASI: The Varanasi district court on Saturday fixed November 20 for hearing on a plea by advocate Vijay Shankar Rastogi, seeking an order to make him party in a civil suit, seeking an order to appoint Varanasi district magistrate or any other suitable person as receiver of the cellar (tehkhana) in the southern side of Gyanvapi mosque. Rastogi had filed the plea in the court of the district judge on November 8.
The court had reserved its order on November 8 after the completion of arguments from both sides — Hindu plaintiff and defendant Anjuman Intejamia Masajid.
On September 25, head priest Vyas had filed this suit before the court of civil judge senior division while an application was also moved before the district judge court to get this suit transferred to his court. District judge had allowed the transfer of this suit to his court on October 16 after which hearing started on it.