NEWS AYODHYA SC
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court starts daily hearing on the Ayodhya suit from Tuesday. A five-judge constitution bench will hear arguments, this being the final phase, after mediation by a three-member group did not help resolve the matter. The bench is headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
The group set up by the court earlier this year had Sri Sri Ravishankar, former apex court judge FM Kalifulla and advocate Sriram Panchu as its members. They held consultations with various groups, but without success.
The dispute is over nearly 300acres of land in Ayodhya where the 16thCentury mosque existed. It was built by Emperor Babur, but Hindus believe this was the birthplace of Lord Ram. Hence, the term “Ram janambhoomi”.
The Sangh Parivar is in the forefront of the campaign to get the land to build a Ram temple, since around year 1990, after a mob led by VHP leader Ashok Singhal and prominent BJP leaders like LK Advani demolished the Babri Masjid in 1992, when PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister.
This action led to Hindu-Muslim riots that killed over 2,000 people across the country, mostly in the North, but it also gave a boost to the political prospects of the Sangh Parivar through the instrument of the BJP. Ashok Singhal, the fulcrum around which the Ayodhya temple movement revolved, died in 2015. IHN-NN
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