The Supreme Court declined on Friday an early hearing on a plea over a decades-old dispute over the construction of a Ram Temple at a religious site in Ayodhya.
The decision came roughly a week after the SC offered to mediate an out-of-court settlement in the dispute over a 2.7-acre land that many Hindus say is the birthplace of Ram, a claim bitterly opposed by Muslim groups.
The court told BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy – who had filed the petition for early hearing – that he wasn’t a party to the original dispute. “What is your locus standi in the case? We don’t have time to hear you now,” the judges were quoted by ANI as saying.
Swamy said he told the court he wasn’t a party to the original dispute but approached the judiciary on the “fundamental right to worship”.
“In other words those who wanted delay succeeded. I will try another route soon.”
The judges said they have no time and adjourned the matter. In other words those who wanted delay succeeded. I will try another route soon— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 31, 2017