SC Deferes Ayodhya Case Hearing to March 14

Posted February 10, 2018

Meanwhile, the Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samnvyay Maha Samiti has made a proposal to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on the dispute.

The case will now come up for hearing on March 14.

A special bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra said it will hear the appeals on March 14 and clarified that it never meant to hear the case on a "day-to-day basis".

The Supreme Court has adjourned the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case to March 14 since documentation and translations are yet to be complete. The bench also refused permission to 32 activists and eminent personalities, including Teesta Setalvad, Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Medha Patkar and Aruna Roy to intervene in the dispute.

The High Court ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, giving a third each to the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board of UP, and Ramlalla Virajman, the idol of the child Ram placed there.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for almost six decades. As the parties will be relying on the same, the Bench appointed two counsels to translate the texts - its first page and the portion being relied upon by each party, and file it in the Supreme Court Registry in two weeks.

He also said the government should pass a legislation to pave the way for construction of the temple. The bench also expressed its reservation on hearing the matter on day-to-day basis and said, once the matter will start it will go on in normal course.

The meeting comes at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya dispute. He pointed out that the CJI sitting on Constitution benches had been breaking the bench frequently to attend to other matters as well and added that this would not work in the case of the present appeals.

While suggesting that an out-of-the-court settlement is possible in the Ram temple-Babari Masjid dispute, Nadvi said the courts do not join people's heart as the verdict is always in favour of one and against the other.

"At least 700 cases involving ordinary citizens can be disposed of in 25 days if the court deals with them for about an hour-and-a-half", Justice Misra said.