New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to grant an early hearing on a batch of civil appeals related to Ayodhya Ram Temple - Babri Masjid case.
The bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told BJP leader Subramanian Swamy during the hearing, that the court was made to believe that he was a party to the ongoing litigation. This had led to the Chief Justice of India offering to mandate between the parties to the litigation, the court said.
"You did not not tell us that you were not a party to the case, we only go to know that from the press," the bench said. However, Swamy said that he had made it clear that he was on the issue of is 'Fundamental Right to worship. "My Right to pray is affected by the pending case and I had filed an intervening application," Swamy said.
The bench has now refused to fast track the matter. Earlier on March 21 the apex court had suggested an out-of-court settlement to the lingering Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issue of "religion and sentiments" can be best resolved through talks.
Chief Justice Khehar has also offered to mandate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to dispute adopt a "give a bit and take a bit" approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiations to resolve to resolve the disturbing issue.
In 2010, The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had ruled for a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre land area at the site in the Uttar Pradesh. A three-judge bench, by a majority of 2:1, had said that the land be partitioned equally among three parties, Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the 'Ram Lalla'.
Last year,on February 26 the apex court had allowed Swamy to intervene in the pending matter related to Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of the demolished structure.
The BJP leader had moved to the plea for a direction to allow constriction of the Ram Mandir the disputed site in Ayodhya, claiming that under the practices prevalent in Islamic countries, a mosque can be shifted to any other place for public purposes like constructing a road, whereas a temple once constructed cannot be touched.
Swamy is now seeking directions to accelerate disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of the tree-way division of the disputed site at Ayodhya on September 30,2010.
The dispute before the court now stands on whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belonging to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.