Supreme Court dismisses petition to quash proceedings in Ayodhya case

Supreme Court dismisses petition to quash proceedings in Ayodhya case

Shruti Mahajan

In an unusual move, a petition seeking to quash the proceedings in the Ayodhya matter was taken up by the Supreme Court today.

An organisation called the Intercontinental Association of Lawyers sought for the proceedings in the Ayodhya matter to be quashed, and for a First Information Report to be filed against the appellant in the matter.

After going through the petition, a visibly perplexed and angry Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said,

“What kind of prayer is this? Look at your prayers!”

The Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ashok Bhushan went on to dismiss the plea even as the lawyer appearing for the organisation sought a Passover.

The Ayodhya case relating to the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute is being heard by a Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.

Hearings had commenced on August 6, with arguments being made on behalf of the Nirmohi Akhara. In the following hearings, submissions were also made on behalf of the deity Ram Lalla and the Ram Janmabhoomi Punaruddhar Samiti. After arguments on behalf of the Hindu parties to the Ayodhya dispute concluded, arguments have commenced on behalf of the Muslim parties to the case.

The Ayodhya case was referred to a Constitution Bench on January 9 this year. Earlier, a three-judge Bench had declined to refer the matter to a larger Bench.

In March this year, the Bench referred the Ayodhya dispute to a mediation panel comprising former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, spiritualist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu.

The case is being heard on a daily basis since August 6.

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