A Varanasi court has sought the Muslim parties' response in an application seeking directions to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct carbon dating of the Shivling found during the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque premises [Smt. Rakhi Singh v State of UP]..During the hearing, District Judge Dr AK Vishvesha rejected the mosque committee's application seeking eight weeks' time to prepare for the next hearing and said it would decide the application on September 29, 2022..The applicants contended that the Shivling discovered at the site was an object of worship for Hindu devotees and it was believed that it had existed within the premises in question since time immemorial. In light of this, it was contended that with the aim to do complete justice and to provide a remedy to a large number of Lord Shiva worshippers, it is necessary that the Court direct the ASI to find the nature and age of the Shivling."That for proper adjudication of the case it is necessary that a scientific investigation be made regarding the length, width, height, age, make up and constituents of the Shivalingam," the application said. .It was underscored that the applicants sincerely felt that the Shivling discovered was ancient and crores of devotees were entitled to worship and perform rituals at the same place."Therefore, it is necessary that proper scientific investigation be made under the authority of ASI.".The case at hand arose after Hindu devotees approached the civil court claiming the right to worship inside the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque, on the ground that it was a Hindu temple and still houses Hindu deities.The civil court ordered a survey of the Mosque by an advocate commissioner. The advocate commissioner then conducted the video graphed survey and submitted a report to the civil court.The suit before the civil court was, however, transferred to the District Judge by the Supreme Court on May 20 in view of the sensitivity of the issue involved.The District Court, on September 12, held that the suit was not barred under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.