New Delhi, Sep 24: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its order on a plea by Muslim litigants seeking that the hearing on the batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict in Babri Masjit-Ram Mandir land dispute in Ayodhya be heard by a larger bench on September 28. The apex court may send the case to a constitutional bench.
The bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer will decide if constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir land dispute case. On July 20, the apex court had reserved the verdict on the conclusion of arguments on a plea seeking a larger bench for hearing on the Ayodhya case.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by its September 30, 2010 verdict had ordered that the land around the disputed site would be divided into three parts -- one for deity (Ramlala Virajmaan), another for Nirmohi Akhara -- a Hindu sect and an original litigant in the case and third for the Muslims. Hindus Acted Like Taliban During Babri Masjid Demolition: Advocate Rajeev Dhawan.
In the last hearing, senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the lead petitioner M Siddiqui, sought the reconsideration of the part of 1994 top court judgment which said that a mosque was not essential to Islam for offering Namaz. The three-judge bench is hearing 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court.
Earlier, the apex court had directed the registry not to entertain any intervention application in the Ayodhya case. The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on December 6, 1992, demolished by Hindu Karsevaks, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally stood there.