Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: Apex Court defers matter till January 10

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New Delhi | Updated:Jan 04, 2019 1:39:40 pm

Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing in decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case till January 10.

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Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing in decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case till January 10. A division bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that an appropriate bench will fix date of hearing in Ayodhya land dispute case on January 10.

As many as 14 pleas have been filed in the apex court contesting the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement. The HC had favoured bifurcating the 2.77-acre land equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Earlier in October last year, the court had deferred the matter till first week of January 2019 saying an “appropriate bench” will decide the schedule of hearing. Any observation by the top on the issue will have a major political bearing with Lok Sabha elections just a few months away from now.

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Ram temple hearing in Supreme Court: CJI-headed bench defers matter till Jan 10

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A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said: "Further orders will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing the matter." No sooner the matter came up, the CJI said it is the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case and went ahead with passing the order. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev DhaVan, appearing for different parties, did not even get the opportunity to make any submission. The hearing did not even last 30 seconds.

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The Supreme Court defers matter till January 10. The court said that appropriate bench will fix date of hearing in Ayodhya land dispute case on January 10.

10:44 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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The Shiv Sena has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his latest remarks that his government was in no mood to take the ordinance on Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Shiv Sena which is an ally of the BJP, on Thursday said that if the Ram Mandir can't be built before 2019 general elections, it will be like betraying people of the country. The party said that BJP and RSS will have to apologise to people. “He (Modi) came to power in the name of Ram. However, according to him, Lord Ram is not bigger than law. The question now is if the temple cannot be constructed in the majority government, when will it ever be,” it asked in an editorial in Saamana.

10:37 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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Right from 1853 when a group of Hindus belonging to the Nirmohi Akhara occupied the Badbri Masjid and claimed its ownership, the Ram Mandir movement has been at the centre of the country’s politics and holds key to government formation. It was in the early 80s when the movement to restore Ram Mandir gathered momentum. The BJP which was formed in 1980 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others, adopted a moderate strategy but failed to create any impact in 1984 election. This led to a shift in its ideology and the 15-century Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6 1992. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

An idol of Lord Ram inside the Babri Masjid before demolition at Ayodhaya. Express archive photo

10:32 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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The VHP has said that considering the overall situation, it has decided to continue to be of the firm view that the Hindu Society cannot be expected to wait till eternity for a Supreme Court decision. It said that the only appropriate way forward is to enact a law. The VHP said that it will continue its campaign to achieve this demand and further steps in the matter shall be decided by the Saints at the Dharm Sansad on January 31 during Kumbh at Prayagraj.

10:21 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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10:16 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday asserted that only a Ram temple will be constructed in Ayodhya. “Only a temple will come up in Ayodhya. We have faith in Lord Ram. It does not take time for time to change,” Bhagwat said. The RSS chief's comments came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that any decision on an ordinance on the Ram temple could only be taken after the completion of the judicial process.

10:13 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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09:59 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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BSP supremo Mayawati said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's media interview on the New Year Day was a lacklustre one. She said that it did not focus on the burning issues facing the nation and was instead focussed only around his party and the government. She said that the ruling BJP was still in an arrogance, believing that its arrogance over the brute majority it enjoys at present is correct and justified.

09:43 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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09:37 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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BJP's Ghosi MP Hari Narayan Rajbhar has demanded from the government to enact a law for early construction of Ram Mandir. Rajbhar said this is an issue of faith and needs to be addressed at the earliest. He said that the best way to do it is by enacting a law in Parliament. The demand for legislation gained momentum after the Supreme Court in October last year adjourned the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute hearing to January 2019.

09:34 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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09:30 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court: RSS says PM Modi's remarks 'positive'

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remraks on Ram Mandir issue. The outfir said that his remark is positive and hoped that his government will fulfil its promise during this tenure. "Today's Prime Minister's remarks on the construction of Ram temple seems to be a positive step. And the Prime Minister remembering his promise of constructing temple in his interview is in line with the 1989 BJP resolution in its Palampur Convention," RSS' joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said. "People of India expect the government to fulfil the promise within its tenure," he added.

09:20 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Ram Mandir hearing in Supreme Court Live Updates: Saffron outfits pitch for ordinance route

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09:11 (IST)04 Jan 2019
Ram temple hearing in Supreme Court: What PM Modi said on Ram Mandir?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday told ANI that his government will not bring an ordinance on the Ram Mandir issue when the matter is being heard in the Supreme Court. He, however, made it clear that the NDA government will make all efforts on Ram Mandir once the judicial process is over. “Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever will be our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts,” Modi had said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

09:06 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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Union Minister and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan has opposed the idea of bringing an ordinance on the Ram Mandir issue. Paswan on Thursday said that the Supreme Court's decision on this matter should be final. "Everyone should accept whatever judgement the Supreme Court gives on the Ram Mandir issue -- be he from Hindu, Muslim or any other community," Paswan said.

08:29 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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"Let the judicial process take its own course. Don't weigh it in political terms. Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever be our responsibility as government, we are ready to make all efforts," the Prime Minister said during an interview, broadcast by several TV channels. PM Modi's comments came amidst heightened demands by Hindutava organisations, including the RSS, for an ordinance for an early construction of the temple.

08:27 (IST)04 Jan 2019
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The hearing on Friday assumes importance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday suggested any decision on an ordinance on Ram temple in Ayodhya can happen only after the completion of the judicial process. Various Hindutava organisations have been demanding an ordinance on early construction of Ram temple at the disputed site.

New Delhi: Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) supporters carry a cutout of Lord Ram during ‘Dharma Sabha’, in which thousands of people gathered at Ramlila Maidan to press for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, days before Parliament's winter session commences, in New Delhi, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (PTI12_9_2018_000119A)The Ram Mandir case has been pending in the Supreme Court for the last almost nine years years. All the involved parties had moved the Supreme Court contesting the Allahabad High Court's 2010 judgment. The High Court had in its landmark verdict favoured three-way bifurcation of the dispiuted 2.77 acres of land. The issue has dominated country's politics for decades and the matter is now pending before the Supreme Court. The apex court had earlier called for resolving the issue with mutual consensus.
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