The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said the case hearing will be taken on a daily basis from January
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing in a bunch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict on Babri Masjid disputed land till January.
The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said the case hearing will be taken on a daily basis from January. No specific date of hearing has been announced.
On September 27, another apex court bench, headed by then CJI Dipak Misra had refused to send to a larger bench the 1994 observation that a mosque is not an integral part of Islam.
The plea was raised by some appellants who wanted the court to reconsider its ruling in the M Ismail Faruqui Etc vs Union Of India And Others case, in which a Constitution Bench had observed that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz (prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open”.
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The three-judge high court bench, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The petitioners had claimed that the earlier decisions in the Ayodhya case were influenced by this statement in the Ismail Faruqui verdict which came on a plea challenging the Constitutional validity of the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act-1993, under which 67.703 acres were acquired in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
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Turning down the plea, former CJI Misra and Justice Ashok Bhushan in their majority verdict said that “we again make it clear that questionable observations made in Ismail Faruqui’s case were made in the context of land acquisition” and that “those observations were neither relevant for deciding the suits nor relevant for deciding these appeals”. The judges said that “the observation need not be read broadly to hold that a mosque can never be an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam”.
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Last Updated Oct 29, 2018, 7:17 PM IST