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Ayodhya-Babri Land Dispute : Former RSS Leader Seeks Live Streaming Of SC Hearing

Prabhati Nayak Mishra
3 Aug 2019 10:57 AM GMT
Ayodhya-Babri Land Dispute : Former RSS Leader Seeks Live Streaming Of SC Hearing
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Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue K.N. Govindacharya on Saturday moved the Supreme Court for live streaming of the day-to-day proceedings in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title suit case which is scheduled to commence from August 6.

After the panel headed by former SC judge Justice FMI Kalifulla submitted a report on Thursday about the mediation proceedings' failure in resolving the Ayodhya dispute, the five judge Constitution Bench had on Friday decided to begin day-to-day hearings from August 6.

Filed through advocate Virag Gupta, the petition referred to the Apex Court's September 2018 judgement which had ruled that court proceedings must be live streamed.

The petitioner's lawyer is likely to mention the matter for urgent hearing on Monday.

According to the petition, despite around a year having gone by, the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling issue yet to take place.

India has the means to arrange for live streaming of the Ayodhya matter, the plea said.

It is claimed that a letter was already written to government of India as well the Supreme Court in January this year for livestreaming of the matter.

Govindacharya, in the petition, said "this case is a matter of national importance. There are crores of persons...., who want to witness its proceedings before this court, but cannot do the same due to the present norms in the Supreme Court."

"People were desperate for early justice in the Ram Temple matter, wherein Lord Ram was kept in a makeshift tent for the past many years...This matter has been pending in the Supreme Court for the last nine years, and the public at large is interested in knowing the reasons behind the delay in deciding the cases," the plea also said.

 The petitioner also states that the Constitution contains pictures of Lord Ram and hHence, live streaming of Ayodhya case will fulfil "Constitutional Patriotism".

"..considering the fact that the original copies of the Constitution itself detail pictures of Lord Ram. It is submitted that the live streaming of proceedings before this Hon'ble Court will also fulfil the mandate of constitutional patriotism."

The bunch of appeals in SC is against the 2010 verdict of Allahabad High Court which ruled that the 2.77 acres of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.

By a 2:1 majority, the HC bench of Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma held that the portion under the central dome of the demolished three-dome structure where the idol of Ram Lalla had been kept in a makeshift temple was the birthplace of Lord Rama "as per faith and belief of the Hindus."

In his dissenting judgment, Justice Sharma categorically stated that "the disputed site is the birthplace of Lord Ram" and held that Hindus had exclusive rights over the disputed site.

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