Apex Court’s three-judge bench which was headed by CJI Dipak Misra kept the option of referring the matter to a larger bench open if and when such a constitutional question arises during the arguments.
Supreme Court rejected plea by the Sunni Wakf Board and members of the minority community to postpone till July 2019 hearing in the case for determination of ownership of the 2.77 acre Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi disputed land, and has fixed February 8,2018 for start of day-to-day hearing.
Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave mentioned that political ramifications of seven-decade-old case and claimed an alleged “agenda” and “bias” for “hurry’ being shown in deciding it. They asked for it to be referred to a five- or seven-judge SC Bench.
CJI’s packed courtroom witnessed stormy scenes as Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave tried different ways and means to build pressure for adjournment on Apex Court Bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra and Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer
Supreme Court had, on August 11,2017 fixed December 5 for the arguments with a caveat that no adjournment would be granted.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal argued that the exchange of the documents between the parties was incomplete, and that reading of the documents running into more than 90,000 pages and preparing the arguments would take months.
The he brought in the issue of the political ramifications while stating that BJP’s 2014 election manifesto promised a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, hearing should be postponed to July 2019, by then general elections would have decided fate of PM Narendra Modi’s Government.
On Tuesday, BJP Chief Amit Shah demanded that Rahul Gandhi should clarify Congress’s stand on Ram Janmabhoomi dispute in light of Kapil Sibal appearing for Sunni Wakf Board in Supreme Court . Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala distanced Congress Party from Kapil Sibal’s arguments.