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Ayodhya Case Back in Cold Storage, SC Says Swamy Not Party to Dispute

In a setback to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the Supreme Court on Friday refused urgent hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case, questioning his locus standi and stated that Swamy had led the court “to believe that he was a party to the dispute.”

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Updated:March 31, 2017, 1:14 PM IST
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New Delhi: In a setback to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the Supreme Court on Friday refused urgent hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case, questioning his locus standi and stated that Swamy had led the court “to believe that he was a party to the dispute.”

"What is your locus standi in the case? We don't have time to hear you now,” the Supreme Court bench told Swamy.

However, Swamy said that his “faith is being affected, therefore it should be heard at the earliest.”

On Thursday, the son of one of the main litigants in the Ram Janam Bhumi-Babri Masjid land dispute case had objected to Swamy’s plea. Mohammad Hashim Ansari's son had written to the Secretary General of the apex court saying the Rajya Sabha MP mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India without even informing the Advocate On Record, including the lawyer who has been appearing for his father.

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Ansari, one of the oldest litigants in the Ayodhya dispute, had died in July last year due to heart-related ailments at the age of 95. He was first to file the suit in the court of civil judge of Faizabad on the matter.

Reacting to the Supreme Court observation, Swamy told CNN-News18, “I told the court that I am not party to this dispute. I told them that this matter should be listed for early hearing. They want an order by the SC… they have lost it in Allahabad. This property has belonged to us for 500 years.”

On March 21, the top court had suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of "religion and sentiments" can be best resolved through talks.

Chief Justice JS Khehar had also offered to mediate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to the dispute adopt a "give a bit and take a bit" approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiations to resolve the issue.

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The observations were made after Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing, saying that it has been over six years after the High Court decided the civil appeal and that it needed to be heard at the earliest.

The BJP Parliamentarian had told the court that he had approached the Muslim community members who favoured judicial decision in the contentious matter.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, in 2010, had ruled for a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the site in Uttar Pradesh.

The three-judge bench, by a majority of 2:1, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties, Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the 'Ram Lalla'.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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