The Supreme Court today declined an early hearing in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute, staying firm on its earlier decision to let judges decide the course of hearings in the first week of January. Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, one of the parties in the case scheduled to come up for hearing in January this year, had mentioned the request before a bench led by Chief Justice Tarun Gogoi.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January. The top court promptly refused. “We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” Chief Justice Tarun Gogoi said.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the UP government and deity Ramlala respectively, had sought early listing of the appeals in the case after referring to their long pendency.
In October, the Supreme Court had turned down a similar request from the Uttar Pradesh government and the lawyer who represents the deity Ram Lalla to take up the dispute after the Diwali break.