Ayodhya dispute: All parties submit final notes, Hindus don’t want land to be divided

SC asked both Hindu and Muslim parties to file written submission on the moulding of relief in Ayodhya-Babri dispute case. Both parties have submitted their relief requests

 Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid (social media)
Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid (social media)

Ashlin Mathew

After reserving its order in the 134-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, the Supreme Court on Wednesday, September 16, had asked both the Hindu and Muslim parties to file written submissions on the moulding of relief or stating the issues on which the parties want the court to adjudicate.

All the parties have submitted their relief requests. The Muslim parties jointly submitted their note in a sealed cover. It is not clear what the Muslim parties have submitted, but earlier they had argued for the Babri Masjid site to be restored to them. Nirmohi Akhara has also submitted their relief in a sealed cover, but several other Hindu parties have released their submissions.

According to sources, Nirmohi Akhara has submitted to the Supreme Court six possible points of relief and what they expect in case the court decides on either of the six scenarios.

The Hindu parties representing ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ in Suit 5 have stated that it would be in the best interest of everyone if Hindus are permitted to retain their sacred place and the entire land must be given to ‘Ram Lalla’. They have stated that Muslims and the Sunni Central Waqf board cannot claim any rights over the disputed site. In their note, they have also questioned the authority of Nirmohi Akhara. They have said that the relief must be given in accordance with the wishes of the Hindus.

Sriram Jananbhoomi Punaruddhar Samity has asked the Supreme Court to pass the decree in favour of Ram Lalla Virajman. They want the Supreme Court to frame a scheme for the administration and management of Ram Mandir. They have also requested the Central Government to constitute a Trust and its members must be people who are a part of the title suit in the Supreme Court.

The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha has submitted that since the Muslims parties have argued that the exact spot of the birthplace of Ram in Ayodhya is not clear, the Supreme Court must declare the whole city of Ayodhya has the holy city.

Gopal Singh Visharad, who filed suit number one on January 16, 1950, has stated that there should not be any compromise in the matter.

They have added that the invader, in this case the Muslims, has no right and as a result the occupying force cannot gain sovereign title over any part of the territory under conquest.

So, this means that the Hindu parties do not want the Supreme Court to divide the land between Hindus and Muslims.

A five-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. The bench is likely to deliver its verdict in November just before CJI Gogoi retires on November 17.

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Published: 19 Oct 2019, 7:51 PM