Efforts multiply to delay Ram Mandir verdict – Sanjeev K. Nayak & Dibyendu Mondal


Sanjeev K. Nayak & Dibyendu Mondal

Sunday Guardian LiveSince the case went to Supreme Court in 2017, only supplementary arguments have been heard because of delaying tactics by lawyers and others. The original case is yet to be heard. – Sanjeev K. Nayak & Dibyendu Mondal

The three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court hearing the long-simmering Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute, on 20 July concluded listening to the arguments and reserved its order on whether a “supplementary matter” should be referred to a larger five-judge Bench or not. The matter pertains to a 1994 verdict of the Apex Court in the Ismail Faruqui vs Union of India case that the “mosque is not integral to Islam”. The judges, however, turned down the demand that the original dispute be also referred to a larger Bench.

Reviving this question 24 years after it was settled by a full five-judge Bench—that too as a supplementary one to an extremely sensitive case like this—has raised…

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