The Supreme Court, hearing the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir case on Thursday, expressed concern over the delay in the Babri Masjid case proceedings and called for joint trial of all the accused in the case, according to media reports.
The top court also said that the trials in Lucknow and Rae Bareli should be clubbed together. The apex court also hinted at the possibility of transferring the case to Lucknow. The case has been scheduled for further hearing on 22 March.
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The court was earlier urged by the lawyer appearing for the CBI to revive criminal charges against LK Advani and other BJP leaders, ANI reported.
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The lawyer told the apex court that 57 witnesses had already been examined in the Rai Bareilly court and more than 100 other witnesses are likely to be examined.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had said that it would hear the matters after two weeks.
This is starkly in contrast with the Supreme Court's refusal to hold an early hearing on petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the title suit of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Telling BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that there were too many things to do right now, the bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said that as of now it did not have time to hear the petitions. The bench also told Swamy: "We came to know from the media that you are not a party in the matter."
Swamy told the court that his writ petition seeking an early hearing of the matter as his right to pray at the Ramlala temple at Ayodhya was being affected had been converted into an intervention application. Swamy had on 21 March urged the court to hold an early hearing of the matter as it was pending before it for last so many years.
The top court had then said that the settlement of the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through negotiation was a better course than insisting on a judicial pronouncement.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Khehar had said this on 21 March after Swamy urged the court to set up a bench to hear a bunch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court order as the matter was pending before it for six years.
The Allahabad High Court order said that there should be a partition of the disputed Ayodhya land among the claimants. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court ordered that the land around the disputed site be divided into three parts — one for the deity (Ramlala Virajmaan), another for Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu sect and an original litigant in the case, and third for the Muslims.
The Supreme Court had put the Allahabad High court verdict on hold in May 2011, describing it as a "rare judgment whose operation has to be stayed".
Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 12:42 pm | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 01:41 pm