Source: News Bharati English31 Mar 2017 16:10:00

New Delhi, Mar 31: Observing that Dr Subramanian Swamy was not even a party to the appeals on Ayodhya dispute, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an early hearing to the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhumi issue.

The apex court has rejected the petition seeking early hearing filed by Dr Swamy.  

The SC observed that since Swamy was not a party to the main appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement on the issue, his plea could not be considered. The Court also observed that Dr Swamy did not intimate them that he was not a party to the case.

“You didn’t tell us you were not a party to the case, we only got to know that from the press,” a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and D.Y. Chandrachud said in an oral observation.

Dr Swamy filed his petition seeking permission to construct a Ram Mandir at the site where the disputed structure stood before 1992. However, he was not a party to the main appeals challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that partitioned the disputed land admeasuring 2.77 acres.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had favoured the trifurcation of the disputed land equally among the three parties—the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla represented by the Hindu Mahasabha.  

“My right to pray is affected by the pending case and I had filed an intervening application,” Swamy replied.

In an earlier hearing, the Chief Justice Khehar had said that Ayodhya issue was a matter of faith and should be resolved amicably through a ‘cordial meeting’ of all parties. The court even offered to mediate if the concerned parties so desired to strike an amicable settlement.

The Supreme Court had stayed the Allahabad High Court decision in 2011 but the appeals were yet to be heard.