New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Friday said that an appropriate bench constituted by it will pass an order on January 10 in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, VHP president Alok Kumar said that only legislation can bring a speedy resolution in the case.
“The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) continues to be of the firm opinion that a legislation by Parliament is an expeditious way of resolving the disputes and would urge the Central Government to bring in such legislation with in its present term,” Kumar said.
“It would have been better if the appropriate bench had been constituted before the hearing of 29 October, 2018. It is to be seen as to how the new bench responds to the matter, particularly about the request for a day-to-day hearing and an early disposal of the appeals,” he added.
The apex court, in a hearing that lasted not more than 30 seconds, stated that the future course of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case will be decided by an appropriate bench constituted by it.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said, “Further orders will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10 for fixing the date for hearing the matter.”
As soon as the matter came up, the CJI said it is the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case and went ahead with passing the order. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for different parties, did not even get the opportunity to make any submission.
Now, a three-member bench will be set up for taking forward the Ayodhya land dispute case in which as many as 14 appeals were filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
The apex court on October 29 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before the "appropriate bench".