Ayodhya case to be heard as land dispute, says SC

AIMPLB expels member who suggested out-of-court settlement in Ayodhya dispute

Sunday is the last day of the AIMPLB's plenary meeting in Hyderabad. | HT

He also said the government should pass a legislation to pave the way for construction of the temple.

His statement comes a day after Maulana Salman Nadwi, a member of the AIMPLB's executive committee along with some other Muslims met Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru to explore an out-of-court-settlement of the dispute on Thursday. The applicants have refuted the HC's finding that there existed a belief among a majority of the Hindu community that the disputed property was the birthplace of Lord Rama. "Land should be offered at some other place where a mosque and a university could be constructed", India TV quoted Maulana Nadvi as saying.

To prevent passions from trumping legal arguments, the bench said, "Whatever be the case, it is after all a land dispute". Among those contending the case for the Babri Masjid, the view is firming up that the issue ought to be heard by a larger Bench. He also said that he respects the Supreme Court but the decision is getting delayed.

"When the court decides, somebody wins, somebody loses, we want a win-win solution for all".

Sibal, who had appeared for UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, had told the three judge bench that it should not "hear the matter which has repercussions on the polity of the country".

The Supreme Court commenced its hearing into a crucial hearing on a batch of petitions in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on Thursday, and said that it would not hear arguments based on politics or religion, Times Now reported. "We will decide it as a land dispute taking into account the evidence on record and after hearing both sides". The special bench of the apex court is seized of a total 14 appeals filed against the high court judgement delivered in four civil suits. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed.

Two FIRs were filed after the disputed structure was demolished - Crime no 197 deals with actual "demolition of the mosque by kar sevaks". The leaders include former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, union minister Uma Bharti and former union minister Murli Manohar Joshi.

In May previous year, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow charged senior BJP leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.

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