SC rejects pleas to hear Ayodhya title cases post-2019 polls

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2017

Now that Sunni Waqf Board has said that they don't agree with what Kapil Sibal said in court, it is certain that Mr. Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of their High Command.

The apex court bench also "prima facie" declined the forceful plea by a battery of senior lawyers including Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan that the appeals be either referred to a five or seven judge bench, keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case and its ramifications on the country's secular fabric and polity.

On Tuesday, Sibal while representing the Sunni Waqf Board had urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over.

Sibal had presented the view that this judgment would affect 2019 elections which is why the verdict should be delayed till then.

Earlier on Wednesday, statements from Haji Mehboob, a member of the Sunni Waqf board which is a defendant in the Babri Masjid case, has been cited in the media as supporting a speedy resolution to the case.

The hearing in the case has been fixed for February 8, 2018. "Yesterday in the Supreme Court, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid".

The High court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla. Shameful posturing by Congress on Ram Temple issue!

To this, the bench retorted: "You say it should not be heard ever only because it was not heard in last seven years". The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.

Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage. The BJP is playing the role of "Manthara', raking up Kapil Sibal's stand on the hearing", Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, while addressing the media.

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