Ayodhya dispute: Supreme Court to begin hearing from October 29

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that the hearing of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute will begin from October 29.

The Apex court bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra announced the date of hearing while delivering its judgment on the case whether namaz or prayers can be offered anywhere or a mosque is essential to the practice of Islam. The bench said the civil suit on land dispute will be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench on October 29.

Earlier the Supreme Court refused to reexamine its ‘1994 Ismail Farooqui’ verdict which stated that ‘Namaz at Mosque is not integral to Islam’. The 3 judge bench headed by CJI Deepak Misra in its 2:1 verdict said the observations in paragraph 52 of the 1994 Ismail Faruqi judgment, that mosque was not an integral part of Islam, have to be understood in the context of land acquisition proceedings. The bench also refused to refer the case to a larger bench of the Supreme Court.

Rajiv Dhawan, the petitioner’s counsel in Ayodhya title suit case while responding to the verdict said, “Majority judgement will please majority, minority judgement will please minority. Very problem we started off with hasn’t been resolved. Not about arithmetic, but of convincing everybody that SC should’ve spoken in one voice.”

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