SC to begin hearing on Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute from Oct 29

Updated:1 month, 2 weeks ago IST

New Delhi/Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court of India, on Thursday said, the land dispute in northern India’s temple town of Ayodhya between Hindu and Muslim communities doesn’t need to be referred to a larger bench and that the hearing on the case will begin from October 29, according to reports. Reacting to the apex court’s decision, India’s right-wing organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Working President, Alok Kumar, said that he is satisfied that the way is now clear for the hearing. He added that he hoped that the matter would proceed speedily now in the court. The court also refused to refer to a five-judge bench on the issue on the 1994 ruling that a mosque is not integral to Islam which arose during the hearing of the case. However, it also made clear that it won’t affect the dispute ruling. However, sculpting work on red stone is in full swing for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. In 1994, the court had ruled that Muslims can offer namaz anywhere and a mosque is not essential. This verdict cleared the way for the government taking over the land where the 16th century Babri mosque was demolished in December 1992 by Hindu zealots who believe it was built on Lord Ram’s birthplace. Hindus were allowed to keep a makeshift temple that was built over the demolished 16th century mosque. However, the verdict was challenged in the Supreme Court, which stayed the high court order which distributed the land among the three parties in the dispute with the main part of the land going to the Hindus. The case is pending in the apex court ever since.

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