SC to decide on early hearing in Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute case
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SC to decide on early hearing in Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute case

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the appeals against the Allahabad high court order on the division of the disputed area are pending for the last seven years in the apex court.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Karsevaks at the Bari Masjid site in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. (HT Photo by Sanjay Sharma)

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to give an early hearing to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case on a plea by BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy.

A bench of Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “We are going to list the main matter soon. We will take a decision on it.”

Swamy had mentioned the matter seeking an urgent hearing in the case.

The Mughal-era mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya was demolished by karsevaks, supporters of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), on December 6, 1992, sparking one of India’s worst communal riots that left more than 3,000 people dead.

The case has been pending since 2010 in the SC after the Allahabad high court divided the land equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.

In March this year, the top court said fresh attempts must be made by all parties to the case for an an out-of court settlement.

CJI Khehar had offered him self as a negotiator in the case saying, “These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting.”

However, the talks could not take off as the parties stuck to their respective stands.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 12:03 IST