In today's session at the Varanasi district court, a pivotal decision unfolded as the court granted approval for an extension of the deadline to submit the survey report by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The presiding district judge, Dr. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh, communicated an oral order, stipulating a 10 day extension for this particular case.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Vishwesh, on Friday, did not present the report for the survey of the Knowledge Enclosure to the court. Despite an application seeking an additional 15 days, a hearing in the district judge's court on this matter was postponed and later took place today.
Regrettably, the demise of a lawyer led to the adjournment of the hearing on ASI's application. Furthermore, the scheduled hearing for the appointment of Shailendra Pathak to the position previously held by Vyasji was also anticipated today.
Delays in report preparation were attributed to teams arriving from diverse locations and holiday interruptions. District Judge Dr. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh had initially directed ASI to conduct a survey of the Knowledge Enclosure (excluding the sealed well) on July 21. Commencing on July 24, the ASI team concluded the survey on November 2. Subsequently, on November 17, the court had mandated the submission of the survey report, prompting ASI to request an additional 15 days for report preparation.