Ram Mandir dispute issue will not be referred to larger bench: Supreme Court

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A  crucial ruling that will have a bearing on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case, the Supreme Court had said that it would not hear arguments based on politics or religion and would treat the case purely as a land title dispute case, indicating that the centuries-old history attached to the case has  no significance.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that poor citizens were waiting for justice, and 700 petitions in the case “can be disposed by devoting a few hours”.

“The use of “particular significance” in Ismail Faruqui judgment is only in the context of immunity from acquistion”, Justice Ashok Bhushan ruled.

“Ismail Faruqui held that all temples, mosques chruches etc. are liable to be acquired under eminent domain of the State,” says Justice Ashok Bhushan

All religions and religious places need to be equally respected. Ashoka’s edicts preach tolerance to faith of others, says Justice Ashok Bhushan

The Supreme Court’s special bench is examining a total of 14 appeals that have challenged the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement delivered in four civil suits.

An All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesperson had asserted that  mosque is an integral and important aspect of our faith.”

A three-judge bench of the Allahabad HC had in 2010 given a 2:1 majority ruling stating that the disputed land at Ayodhya site be divided equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

In 1994, a five-judge Constitution bench had held that namaz could be offered anywhere and that a mosque was not an “essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam”.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had in July appealed seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to worship at the disputed Ram temple at Ayodhya. But the bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked him to mention it ‘later on’.

The Shia Waqf Board claims that the Babri Masjid belonged to Shias and not Sunnis, had submitted in the Supreme Court that the matter need not be referred to a constitution bench and said that it is ready to relinquish its claims in the national interest.

The key litigants in the 25 year-old Ram Janmbhoomi–Babri mosque dispute will not be part of the final proceedings in the Supreme Court. Both the Hindu and the Muslim litigants passed away .



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