Law on Ram temple possible, legislature has scuttled court processes before: Justice Chelameshwar
Former Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar who was among the four senior most judges to revolt against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has said that the central government could bring a law for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Justice (retired) Chelameshwar said since there have been instances in the past where court's decisions have been scuttled by legislative process; it is possible that the Centre comes up with a law for Ram temple despite the matter being heard before the Supreme Court.
His comments come at a time when the clamour for enactment of a law to facilitate construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is growing within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the RSS.
Justice (retired) Chelameswar was speaking at an interactive session hosted by the All India Professionals Congress, an organisation affiliated to the Congress party.
Earlier this year, Justice Chelameswar was among the four senior judges of the Supreme Court who went public with their objections about the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's style of functioning.
When asked at Friday's programme whether Parliament can pass a law for Ram temple while the matter is in the Supreme Court, Chelameswar said it could happen.
"Legally if it can happen (or not) is one aspect. Whether it will happen (or not) is another. I'm aware of instances that happened in the past where decisions of the Supreme Court were scuttled by the legislative process," he said.
He cited the example where the Karnataka Vidhan Sabha passed a law to overturn the SC order on the Cauvery water dispute, and another similar instance related to inter-state water dispute between Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.
"The nation should have opened up to these things much earlier.... This (a law on Ram temple) is possible as we did not stop it then," he said.
Incidentally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said earlier Friday that Hindus were feeling "insulted" by the Supreme Court's declaration that the Ayodhya issue is not a priority and insisted that an ordinance would be needed if all options run out.
RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Friday said "if needed, the organisation will not hesitate from launching a 1992-like agitation" for Ram temple. "But since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)