Big statement on Qutub Minar controversy: Union Culture Minister said - No decision on excavation yet
After a Controversy on the Qutub Minar Complex, the Ministry Of Culture India, Asks ASI To Conduct an Excavation.
Union Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy has denied the media report and said that no decision has been taken yet to excavate the Qutub Minar. He said that no excavation will be done by the Archaeological Survey (ASI) in the Qutub Minar complex. Till now we have not taken any decision in this regard.
Earlier it was reported that excavation can be done at a distance of 15 meters from the mosque located near Qutub Minar. In this regard, the secretary of the ministry, Govind Mohan, has also held a high-level meeting for this on Saturday. The last excavation work was done in 1991 in Qutub Minar.
On May 17, in Delhi's Saket court, the hearing on a petition seeking worship in the Qutub Minar complex was deferred. The petition is to be heard on May 24. The United Hindu Front filed the petition in 2022. It was said in the petition that the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque located at Qutub Minar was built by demolishing 27 temples of Hinduism and Jainism. In such a situation, idols should be installed there again and worship should be allowed.
In an interview with India Today, former ASI Regional Director Dharamvir Sharma claimed that Qutub Minar was not built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. He made 3 big claims about this.