NEW DELHI — Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind has expressed its satisfaction over the latest development in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanam Bhoomi case. On Thursday, the Supreme Court deferred the hearing of the case to January 29.
Maulana Arshad Madani, president of the Jamiat, said, “It is a matter of satisfaction that the hearing of this long pending sensitive case has assigned to a five-member bench of the Supreme Court.”
Interestingly the Apex Court on Thursday deferred the Ayodhya title dispute to January 29, saying that the five judge bench to hear the case will be reconstituted as Justice U.U. Lalit recused himself from the case.
The apex court took the decision after senior counsel Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind in the lead petition 10866- 10867/2010, told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Justice Lalit in 1997 had appeared for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in one of the cases related to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.
“It has always been our demand to refer the Ayodhya issue to a larger bench considering the importance and sensitivity of the case,” said Maula Madani in a press release. He also added that he welcomed the decision of the honourable Chief Justice of India.
Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhawan informed the court on Thursday, “Our demand to refer the Babri Masji case to a larger bench for hearing was not accepted by the earlier three-member bench of Supreme Court, headed by former chief justice of India.” Despite the demand being turned down, Dhawan had prayed to the apex court to pass a judicial order recommending a 5-member bench for the case.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said, “Chief Justice has prerogative to decide on the matter. He can refer any case to any bench of having any number of justices.”
Chief Justice also added that after the selection of fifth member of the bench, court would decide the direction of the long pending case of Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute, on January 29.
Referring to the case Justice Gogoi said that there are thousands documented evidences and witnesses in the case and also High Court decision of more than 4000 pages – all are lying there in the record room. Papers are there in several languages. Now court’s Registry will see whether translation of all papers are in proper shape or not or to get it translated again.
Lawyer Harish Salve, representing the other part said that all papers have almost been translated and that lawyers could help the Court in this regard. But Chief Justice rejected his help offer and said that Registry would do it.
Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind from the very beginning is of the view that they will accept any decision of the court in Babri Masjid case and that the law of the land should be respected by one and all.
Maulan Madani further said, “I also believe in the supremacy of the law. Governments can function only if there is respect of law in the society otherwise the country will be in a state of anarchy.”
Maulana also expressed his satisfaction on whatever Chief Justice said while referring to 5-member bench. “Chief Justice said about all the papers regarding the case that are lying there in the record room for scrutiny will be studied properly. I hope Justice Gogoi is not going to take any abrupt decision,” Maulana said.