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SC says have no time, rejects Swamy's plea for early hearing in Ayodhya case

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00 PM, & Agencies

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New Delhi:
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking early hearing on the Ayodhya matter. The case is long pending in the SC, was requested to be heard every day by Subramanian Swamy.

During the hearing, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that the court was made to believe that he was a party to the ongoing litigation.

This had led to the Chief Justice of India offering to mediate between the parties to the litigation, the court said.

"You did not tell us that you were not a party to the case. We only got to know that from the press," the bench said.

Swamy, however, said that he had made it clear that he was on the issue of his Fundamental Right to worship.

"Today the SC asked me if I was a party in the Ayodhya dispute. I said I had made clear that I was on Fundamental Right to worship issue.

"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", Swamy tweeted soon after his plea was rejected by the Supreme Court.

The controversial BJP MP did not stop here but threatened the Muslims to give away their claim on the disputed land where Babri Masjid - the 17th century mosque existed till December 6, 1992.

"Only way for Muslim leadership not to create bad blood with Hindus is to agree unilaterally to build a mosque elsewhere", he tweeted.

Swamy had threatened Muslims earlier too, asking them to agree to his proposal on Babri Masjid.Ram Temple dispute or be ready for a law.

In his petition, Swamy had claimed that under the practices prevalent in Islamic countries, a mosque could be shifted to any other place for public purposes like constructing road, whereas a temple once constructed cannot be touched.

He had also sought directions to expedite the disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of three-way division of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on September 30, 2010.

Hearing on the matter on March 21, the Supreme Court had called upon the parties involved in the case to sit together and arrive at consensus to reslove the dispute.

Terming the dispute a matter relating to religion which is "sensitive" and "sentimental", the highest court of the country said fresh attempts must be made by all parties concerned to find a solution through negotiations.

The Supreme Court also offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.

The 17th century Babri Masjid was levelled to ground by Hindutva extremists who were led by the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders on December 06, 1992.

The Supreme Court on March 06 indicated that LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and other BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders may face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The court also came up with the option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

"There are 13 persons who were discharged only on technical grounds. Today, we are saying why can't we club both the cases and have a joint trial," a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said.

"We will not accept the discharge on technical grounds and we will allow supplementary charge sheet," the bench said.


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