July 26, 2017

SC favours out-of-court settlement of Ram Janambhoomi issue

22 March 2017, 12:44 | Ignacio Smith

The apex court's observation comes after BJP leader Yogi Adityanath - a strong advocate of building the Ram temple at the disputed site - was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The leader, who spearheaded the campaign for a Ram Mandir in UP city said that all parties involved should come to a consensus.

"This is a very good step by the apex court".

Both the Hindu saints and Muslim plaintiffs in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits welcomed the Supreme Court's suggestion for resolving the dispute through talks, saying that a solution achieved through discussions would be a lasting one.

"We have full faith in the Supreme Court". It is an issue, said the CJI, of "sentiment", as he urged both sides to sit together and sort it out, "give a bit, take a bit", and arrive at an out-of-court settlement - he even offered his own services as mediator. The court also ruled by a majority verdict that the disputed 120 feet by 90 feet plot land be divided into three equal parts among the three petitioners - Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the party representing Ram Lalla.

The advice of the SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar has lend credence to the rumours that with the election of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of UP, the BJP may be on the verge of fulfilling an electoral promise listed in its poll manifesto.

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"The RSS will go by the Dharma Sansad's decision". Lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqi, who pleaded the Babri Masjid case in Lucknow bench of high court, said, "I will be the first to welcome the settlement but the settlement must be based on "give and take" so that no community feels disappointed".

During the hearing, the top court has also asked senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to mention the matter before it on or before March 31, who had sought an urgent hearing in the case, saying it was a sensitive matter. "RSS will not decide". We are also ready we if he nominates a team for hearing the matter. Talks for out-of-court settlements have failed.

The other side claims the land by adverse possession. My suggestion is that Masjid be built on other side of the Sarayu river and Ram Janambhoomi be handed over for Ram Temple.

"The Union government must bring and pass the law to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya at the birth place of Shreeram (Lord Ram)". Local cleric Maulana Tabrez Ahmad said, "We don't want to fight as in Ayodhya, Hindus and Muslims are living together and the problem is only because of this mandir-masjid dispute".

The VHP has also made a decision to re-launch the Ram Temple movement, saying it will launch a movement called "Ram Mahotsav" from March 26 to April 16.

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