New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an early hearing in a plea filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy concerning the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid case.
“You didn’t tell us you were not a party to the case, we only got to know that from the press," a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and D.Y. Chandrachud said in an oral observation.
Swamy had filed a plea seeking permission to build a Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri mosque but is not a party to the main appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that mandated a three-way division of the disputed 2.77- acre site.
“My right to pray is affected by the pending case and I had filed an intervening application," Swamy replied.
In an earlier hearing, CJI Khehar had observed that the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably through “a cordial meeting" of all parties and offered to personally mediate the issue.
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court had ruled in favour of partitioning the land equally among three parties—the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the Ram Lalla (infant Lord Ram), represented by the Hindu Mahasabha.
A civil suit for deciding the title of the property on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on 6 December 1992, was filed before the high court.
The apex court stayed this decision in 2011, but the appeals are yet to be heard.