SC hearing in Ayodhya title dispute case today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2019 09:01:28



SC likely to constitute a three-judge bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals

THE Supreme Court is scheduled to take up on Friday a batch of petitions for hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The matter is listed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul.

It is likely to constitute a three-judge bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The apex court on October 29 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before an “appropriate bench”, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

Later, an application was moved for according an urgent hearing by advancing the date, but the top court had refused the plea, saying it had already passed an order on October 29 relating to the hearing on the matter. The plea for early hearing was moved by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) which is one of the respondents in the appeal filed by legal heirs of M Siddiq, one of the original litigants in the case. A three-judge bench of the top court had on September 27, by 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.

Various Hindutava organisations have been demanding an ordinance on early construction of Ram temple at the disputed site. The hearing on Friday assumes importance as PM suggested any decision on an ordinance on Ram temple can happen only after the completion of the judicial process.Modi’s comments came amidst heightened demands by Hindutava organisations, including the RSS, for an ordinance for an early construction of the temple.

Paswan opposes ordinance


BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) ally and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday opposed an ordinance on the Ram temple issue and asserted that the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter should be final.

“Whatever judgement the Supreme Court gives on the Ram temple issue should be accepted by everyone, be it Hindu, Muslim or any other community. Our stand has been consistent. When the Prime Minister said that we will wait for the Supreme Court judgement, then all ifs and buts should end,” the Lok Janshakti Party President said. Asked if he would support an ordinance on the issue, Paswan said his stand has been consistent and that he would not
support it.