Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute: Supreme Court declines any urgent hearing, questions Subramanian Swamy’s role

The Supreme Court of India has declined any urgent hearing in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute case.


The Supreme Court of India has declined any urgent hearing in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute case. The apex court has turned down any outside intervention in the case and has questioned petitioner Subramanian Swamy’s role in the whole case. In his plea, Swamy had petitioned the apex court to speed up the process and take action in the Ayodhya land dispute case, which has now been turned down by the court saying “can’t give a date for an early hearing.” While refusing any early hearing the court said “we didn’t know that you are a party to the case” to Subramanian Swamy. In their response to Swamy, the apex court questioned him by saying, “What is your locus standi in the case? We don’t have time to hear you now.”

While replying to the court question about his role in the case, Subramanian Swamy said, “My Right to Pray is affected by the pending case and I had filed an intervening application”

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Earlier on March 30, son of the oldest litigant Mohammad Hashim Ansari wrote to the Supreme Court raising objections to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea for an urgent hearing without informing the parties involved in the case. Ansari’s son Iqbal’s letter said, “It was reported by media that Dr Subramanian Swamy had mentioned the matters on March 21, 2017 for its day to day hearing before this court (Chief Justice of India). It is submitted that the above proceedings arise out of an original suit and in none of the aforesaid suits Dr Swamy is a party…. On earlier occasions also, Dr Swamy has made oral mentioning of the matter and despite the request, has not informed the concerned AORs about the mentioning stating that he is not obliged to inform. Considering the sensitivity of the matter, I wish to place on record my objection to such mentioning of the matter by Dr Swamy without informing all the concerned AORs.”

Mohammad Hashim Ansari, who was one of the oldest litigants in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute case, died in July 2016 due to a heart-related problem at the age 95.

Other accused in the case involve, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and others.

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